MG487      Half Unit
Innovation and Information Systems: Concepts and Perspectives

This information is for the 2021/22 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), 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 from the field of information systems and a range of other disciplines of the social sciences. By the end of this course, students will be able to draw from existing theories to address critically issues of digital 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.


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

This course has a reading week in Week 6 of the MT. There will be no teaching during this week.

Formative coursework

Formative feedback is provided at the seminars and the workshops. Seminars guide students to discuss selected journal articles that elaborate on concepts and theories introduced at the lectures. Workshops assist students to develop their critical literature review essay.

In addition, students will complete a formative essay of 750 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.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 112

Average class size 2020/21: 20

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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