IS581      Half Unit
Interpretations of Information

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jannis Kallinikos NAB3.24


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/ PhD in Information Systems. This course is available on the MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation, MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance) and MSc in Media and Communications (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Other MSc students may follow this course but a good knowledge of information technology is required.

Course content

The course explores the theoretical foundations of information and the technological and institutional processes by which information is increasingly becoming a pervading and crucial element of organizational and economic life. A central theme of the course is how information and the technologies by which it is produced and disseminated are involved in the constitution and coordination of organizational operations and the control of professional practices and organizational outcomes.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

Indicative reading

Indicative readings are given below. A full reading list will be provided at the start of the course.

Kallinikos, J. (2010), Governing Through Technology: Information Artefacts and Social Practice, Palgrave; Orlikowski, W. J. (2007) 'Sociomaterial Practices: Exploring Technology at Work', Organization Studies, 28/9: 1435-1448; Pinch, T. (2008) 'Technology and Institutions: Living in a Material World', Theory & Society, 37: 461-483; Pollock, N. and Williams, R. (2009), Software and Organizations, Routledge; Rajao, R. and Hayes, N. (2009). 'Conceptions of control and IT Artefacts: An Institutional Account of the Amazon Rainforest Monitoring System.' Journal of Information Technology, 24/4: 320-331; Runde, J. et al. (2009), 'On Technological Objects and the Adoption of Technological Product Innovations', Cambridge, Journal of Economics, 33/1: 1-24, Weinberger, D. (2007) Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, Times Books.


Essay (100%, 7000 words).

An essay of between 5,000-7,000 words (100%).

Key facts

Department: Information Systems and Innovation Group

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication