Not available in 2020/21
MG511      Half Unit
Technology, Practice and Institutions

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jannis Kallinikos NAB 3.24

Course content

The course will deal with the restructuring of social practices associated with the involvement of technologies of computing and communication in social and organisational life. These ideas will be explored within the context of established institutional fields such as finance, law or health care but it will consider as well the advent of new practices (social media, big data) and the organisational forms within which such practices are accommodated.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

Arthur, B. W. (2009). The Nature of Technology, What it Is and How it Evolves. London: Allen Lane.

Ciborra, C. (2006). Imbrication of representations: Risk and Digital Technologies. Journal of Management Studies, 43(6), 1339–1356.

Greenwood, R., Diaz, A. M., Li, S. X., & Lorente, J. C. (2010). The Multiplicity of Institutional Logics and the Heterogeneity of Organizational Responses. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(4), 1–19.

Kallinikos, J, Hasselbladh, H. and Marton, A. (2013) Governing Social Practice: Technology and Institutions, Theory and Society, 42/4: 395-421.

Leonardi, P. M. (2011): When Flexible Routines Meet Flexible Technologies:  Affordance, Constraint, and the Imbrication of Human and Material Agencies. MIS Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 147-167.

Labatut, Julie, Franck Aggeri, and Nathalie Girard (2012): Discipline and Change: How Technologies and Organizational Routines Interact in New Practice Creation. Organization Studies 33/1: 39-69.

Lessig, L. (2006). Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books

Lounsbury, Michael, and Ellen T. Crumley (2007) "New Practice Creation: An Institutional Perspective on Innovation." Organization Studies 28/7: 993-1012.


Essay (100%, 7000 words) in the MT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills