MG503      Half Unit
Interpretations of Information

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jannis Kallinikos NAB3.24, Dr Edgar Whitley and Dr Carsten Sorensen


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/ PhD in Information Systems. This course is available on the MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society), 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.

Borgmann A (2010) Reality and technology. Cambridge Journal of Economics 34(1), 27-35.

Henderson RM and Clark KB (1990) Architectural Innovation: The Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and the Failure of Established Firms. Administrative Science Quarterly 35(1), 9-30.

Kallinikos J, Aaltonen A and Marton A (2012) The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts. MIS Quarterly 37(2), 357-370.

Mathiassen L and Sørensen C (2008) Towards A Theory of Organizational Information Services. Journal of Information Technology 23(4), 313-329.

Tilson D, Lyytinen K and Sørensen C (2010) Research commentary: Digital Infrastructures: The Missing IS Research Agenda. Information Systems Research 21(5), 748–759.

Urry J (2000) Mobile Sociology. British Journal of Sociology 51(1), 185-203.

Weick KE (1993) The collapse of sensemaking in organizations: The Mann Gulch disaster. Administrative Science Quarterly 38, 628-652.

Yoo Y, Boland RJ, Lyytinen K and Majchrzak A (2012) Organizing for Innovation in the Digitized World. Organization Science 23(5), 1398-1408.


Essay (100%, 7000 words).

An essay of 7,000 words (100%).

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication