MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC)
Pragmatic, analytical and reflective thinkers for tomorrow's technological and organisational landscapes
The Masters Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change is an innovative and intensive programme which will help you understand, conceptualise and manage the interaction and interdependency between advances in information technologies, management practice and organisational change. ITMOC is a one-year full time postgraduate programme.
IT is management and organisational change
The premise of this interdisciplinary programme is that IT cannot be understood without simultaneously approaching the complex managerial and organisational dimensions of technology. The programme focuses on the development, management and use of information technologies within and between organisations. It will give you both analytical knowledge and practical skills for managing and analysing information technology and IT-induced change.
The ITMOC programme's core modules provide an advanced grounding in key areas such as information, technology and organisations, managing change, knowledge management, systemic interventions, strategy and IT management, project management, and analysis, design and innovation. The programme prepares you for the dissertation through a research methods module and by exposing you to the importance of analytical skills and the latest research practice throughout the programme. Dissertations can be research or company based.
Complementing core modules, optional modules allow you to advance your understanding and knowledge in managing people (with modules in human resource management, operations management and knowledge management as a social practice), managing organisational issues (such as social aspects of the digital age and the organisation of international business) and managing technological infrastructures and markets (with modules that focus on enterprise systems, e-business and e-marketing). In addition, regular external guest speakers including CIOs, CTOs, and CEOs, management and technology consultants, and alumni share their practitioner experience in regular workshops. Academics from other universities also give seminars on their latest research to complement the research-led teaching in modules.
This unique programme content, with its explicit focus on management and organisational dimensions of information technology, is closely connected to employers' needs for graduates who can contribute specialist knowledge whilst working across organisational boundaries, understand connections across different domains and conceptualise problems from different perspectives. The development of this broad, critical and reflexive management mindset is cultivated across the programme, its modules and in reflective management practice sessions throughout the programme, which foster individual and collective learning through the sharing of experience and insight.
An important dimension of students' exposure to current practice is the programme's collaboration with a range of companies and consultancies, who in addition to targeting recruitment from the programme, contribute their experience directly to the programme through workshops. These workshops often involve alumni of the programme. See Graduate Profiles for further information.
Innovative thinking and research-led teaching for your career development
The ITMOC programme gives highly motivated graduates of any discipline knowledge the ability to shape their immediate and longer term career development. The programme is designed to prepare you for the established and emerging managerial roles and responsibilities in a globalising IT sector.
The programme will help you to become senior managers of in a range of technological contexts (leading to roles such as Chief Information Officer and Director of IT), to work in management and technology consultancy, and manage IT projects strategically and operationally. It helps those from a technical background who wish to move into more general managerial roles.
Innovations such as virtualisation and software and infrastructure as a service means that strategic and operational management work is becoming characterised by communication and coordination across organisational boundaries. The ITMOC programme gives you a pragmatic, analytical and reflexive understanding of this dynamic landscape of technological, managerial and organisational change, preparing you for your next career steps.
ITMOC students graduate from Lancaster knowing that technological infrastructures are intensely connected to changes in the way that companies organise at a global and local level, but also that it is those with advanced managerial skills and the ability to analyse complex organisational practices who are increasingly sought after by employers.
An excellent track record over the short and long term
Established in 2001, and now with over 500 programme alumni around the world, there is an active network of ITMOC alumni in senior positions across the UK and continental Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Companies that graduates have joined include professional services firms such as Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC, technology companies such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and SAP, as well as companies across many other sectors including finance and banking, retail and manufacturing, to name but a few. See Careers for further information.