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2010/2011  KAN-CMIT_VMOM  Materiality of organizations and markets embodying IT

English Title
Materiality of organizations and markets embodying IT

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Pending schedule: Tues.:13.30-16.05, week: 43-50
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 30
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Course Coordinator
Mogens Kühn Pedersen - mk.inf@cbs.dkSecretary TBA
Main Category of the Course
  • Information Systems
  • Economic and organizational sociology

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
During this course students are faced with rich and innovative analyses raising their sensitivity and awareness of materiality and institutional impact on organisations and markets of embodiment of IT. The seminar form of engagement in the course enhances each student’s capability in joining academic, analytic and visionary discussions.
Upon completion of the course, students shall demonstrate ability to
  • Explain with material precepts, models and theory how configurations of IT could impact organization and market performance using case studies presented in the course.
  • Use theories, models and concepts presented in the course to analyze, design and draft ways of implementing IT meeting objectives of business and organizational performance.
  • Discuss how understanding materiality of IT may influence practice in business and government.
Synopsis (max 5 pages) with Oral individual exam (20 min)
Exam Period Winter Term
Synopsis (max 5 pages) with Oral individual exam (20 min)
Internal second examiner.
The re-take takes place according to the same rules as the regular examination.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

It has become trivial to use yesterday’s IT because it has become a sociomateriality. What do we know about the process of forming the materiality of organisations and markets? A proliferation of inventions and innovations do not materialize in equally many new organisations and markets. Selection processes cannot account for the final outcome. The materiality of organisations and markets approach represent an attempt to explain “configuration” powers at work in institutionalising contexts. The material grounding of valuation emerges with market creation where institutions, actors, agencements interplay with design of networks and their accompanying information systems. Valuation is based upon legitmate information and sources of information, revealing that IT has become embedded in the core design of markets. Market structure and organisational creation is dependent upon factors embedding IT technology.

We shall be studying cases on factors influencing design and performance of organisations and markets from the point of view of precepts that unfolds which and how materiality is evoked in different institutions.

Teaching Methods
The course runs over 10 sessions (each 1,5 hours) with an opening lecture on
Introduction to Materiality followed by 8 lectures on materiality precepts of organisation and markets with case studies presenting instantiations of theory and models, and concluding the course on a lecture on the research challenges from studies of materiality in organisations and markets and potential impacts on practice in business and government.
Each session consists of a lecture on precepts and a case presentation followed by an open seminar discussion. All cases will be prepared by students for presentation of a particular precept. The teaching concept is one of a seminar.

(this is a preliminary list - to be revised)

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Robin Williams, James Stewart, and Roger Slack (2005) Social Learning in Technological Innovation. Edward Elgar Chelten

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Bruno Latour (2005) Reassembling the Social: An introduction to Actor-Network Theory. Oxford U.P.

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A.Leclerq et al (2009) A Sociomaterial view of the scaffolding of work practices with IT. ICIS Conference paper 2009, pp 1-13.

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March, J. (2010), The Ambiguities of Experience, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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Orlikowski, W.J. "Sociomaterial Practices: Exploring Technology at Work," Organization Studies (28:09) 2007, pp 1435-1448.

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