MG487      Half Unit
Innovation and Information Systems: Concepts and Perspectives

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Chrisanthi Avgerou


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation. This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Management (1 Year Programme), MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance) and Master of Public Administration. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course explores the theoretical foundations for the study of digital innovation and concomitant organizational and social change. It integrates concepts and perspectives of innovation from the field of information systems and a range of other disciplines of the social sciences. In completing this course students should be able to draw critically from existing theories in order to address issues of technology-based innovation, organizational change and information systems management.

The lectures cover literature related to three broad themes: digital ecosystems; the socio-technical process of the construction of digital technologies; information technology and organizational change. For each of these themes we identify and discuss relevant theoretical concepts and perspectives. The discussion of theories is structured in terms of technical/rational and socially embedded approaches.


10 hours of lectures, 18 hours of seminars and 5 hours of workshops in the MT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

A reading week will take place in W6. There will be no teaching during this week.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Seminars are based around reading and discussing selected journal articles Workshops assist students to develop their critical literature review essay, summative essay. Formative feedback is provided on seminar and workshop participation.

In addition, students will complete a formative essay of 2000 words on which feedback will be provided.

A mock examination, shared with MG472 and MG481 will be held.

Indicative reading

• Brynjolfsson E (2010), Wired for innovation, Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press

• Ciborra, C (1993) Teams, Markets, and Systems: Business Innovation and Information Technology Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

• Ciborra, C. (2000) From Control to Drift: The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures Oxford, OUP.

• Gawer, A. (ed) (2009), Platforms, Markets and Innovation, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

• Latour, B. (2005) Reassembling the Social: an Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory.  Oxford, OUP.

• Tiwana, A. (2013) Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance and Strategy, Amsterdam, Elsevier.

• Willcocks, L., and Mingers, J. (2004) Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems, Chichester, Wiley.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (50%, 3000 words) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2018/19: 94

Average class size 2018/19: 17

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness