Professor Lucas Introna
Organisation Work and TechnologyCharles Carter Building
Other affiliations: Centre for the Study of Technology & Organisation
My research focus is the phenomenon of technology broadly defined and information technology more narrowly defined. Within the area of technology studies I have two enduring concerns (a) technology and its relationship with processes of organising (such as virtual organisations, collaborative working, etc) and (b) the ethical and moral implications of technology for society (such as privacy, surveillance, etc). Within these two areas my research approach has always been qualitative and mostly informed by phenomenology—existential phenomenology in particular. Specifically my focal concern is the way in which information technology transforms social spaces and practices (both individual and collective spaces and practices).
Ethical implications of information technology (privacy and surveillance in particular); Political studies of technology / values in the design of IT artifacts; Plagiarism, Computers and Cultural Values
Research Areas: Information and power; Situated organizational cognition and embodiment; Virtuality (virtual communities, mediation, identity, etc); Ethical implications of information technology (privacy and surveillance in particular); Political studies of technology / values in the design of IT artifacts; Philosophy of technology
Research approaches / theoretical interests: Phenomenology (work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty); Phenomenological approaches to technology ( work of Ihde, Dreyfus and Borgmann); Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas (ethics and justice); Foucault (his work on power and the aesthetics of existence); Social construction of technology (work of Latour, Callon and Akrich)
BCom, BA (Hons), MBA, PhD
Visiting Profressor, University of Amsterdam
- Head of Department: Organisation, Work and Technology (2007-2010)
- Chairman of the Faculty Constitution Re-drafting committee (2007)
- Member of the Faculty Committee that prepared the RAE 2008 submission (2007)
- Member of the University Committee for Research Ethics (2005 – present)
- Member of Faculty Research Committee (2004-2007)
- Member of the University Working Group on Plagiarism (2002/2003)
- Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation
- Lead member of the working group that redesigned the M.Sc in Information Management
- Associate Dean for Research (2011 – current)
- Professor of Organisation, Technology and Ethics (Sept 2004 – Present)
Undergraduate: OWT 100/101: Management and Organisations
Lecturer in Information Systems (Sept 1995-Aug 2000) London School of Economics and Political Science; Professor of Information Systems (May 1995 – Aug 95) University of Pretoria; Associate Professor of Information Systems (1993- April 1995) University of Pretoria; Senior Lecturer in Information Systems (1991- March 1993) University of Pretoria
Business and Enterprise
Senior Management Consultant (1989-91) Deloitte Touche; Systems Analyst, Business Analyst and Project manager (1985-87) Kentron (Manufacturing); Computer operator and programmer (1983-85) University of South Africa
PhD Supervisions Completed
- Amy Gibbons (submitted) Classification at work (co-supervisor) – in progress
- Rodrigues, Filipe S.(2011) Innovation as Skilful Coping: A cultural historical account of the constitutive conditions of innovation – Submitted 2011 (Supervisor)
- Jawoszek, Ania (2010) The Social Construction of electronic voting in the UK – 1998-2005 (Supervisor)
- Duran, Pablo (2009) Collaborative Technologies in Mexico SME’s, Lancaster University, UK (Co-supervisor)
- Turilli, Matteo (2009) Ethics and Software Design, University of Oxford, UK (co-supervisor)
- Petrakaki, Dimitra (2008) Power/Knowledge and Legitimacy in the Context of Public Sector Reform: the Case of an E-Government Initiative in Greece - Lancaster University, UK (co-supervisor)
- Hua, Chien-Ling (2008) Revealing Virtual Political Network: The Case of Taiwan Independence Movement – Lancaster University, UK (Supervisor)
- Gomez, John (2007) Mobile Technology as a Technological Drama, Lancaster University, UK (Supervisor)
- Georgio, Ion (2003) Dogmatism and Bounded Rationality: An Introduction to Epistemological Systemics, Lancaster University, UK (Supervisor)
- Ilharco, Fernando (2002) Information Technology as Ontology: A Phenomenological Investigation into Information Technology and Strategy In-the-World, London School of Economics, UK. (Co-Supervisor)
- Whittaker, Louise (2001) Information Systems Evaluation: A post-dualist interpretation, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Supervisor)
- Eriksson, Kai (2001) Signs and Signals: The Conception of Communication in U.S. Telecommunications Rhetoric. London School of Economics, UK (Supervisor)
- Magalhäes, Rodrigo (2000) The organizational implementation of information systems: towards a new theory, London School of Economics, UK. (Co-supervisor)
- Uchiyama, Ken (1999) Re-interpreting Soft Systems Methodology: Introducing Actuality into the Field of Management Information Studies, London School of Economics, UK. (Co-Supervisor)
- Minaar, F. (1994) Quality Assurance of University departments: A Decision model. University of Pretoria, South Africa (Co-supervisor)
- Vidolov, Simeon (2011) Understanding and managing distributed collaboration in GSW projects: a pariological perspective, University College Dublin, Ireland (external Examiner)
- Snel, Anna (2011) For the love of experience: Changing the experience economy discourse, University of Amsterdam, NL (External examiner)
- Ioanna Chini (2010) Governmentality and the Information Society: ICT policy practices in Greece under the influence of the European Union, London School of Economics, UK (External examiner)
- Dominic Duckett (2010) Zoonosis and the Social Attribution of Risk Amplification, Lancaster University, UK (Internal Examiner)
- Annette Pas (2010) A Bakhtinian Perspective on Collective Learning, Lancaster University, UK (Internal Examiner)
- Kosheek Sewchurran (2009) Toward a Regional Ontology for Information Systems Project Management, University of Cape Town, South Africa (External Examiner)
- Stephen Dunne (2008) On the question of corporate social responsibility, Leicester University, UK (External examiner)
- Christopher Fenton (2007) Working Out Modernisation in Local Government: The Role of Narrative Infrastructure, Lancaster University, UK (Internal Examiner)
- Vanessa Dirksen (2007) Social Imaginaries of Technology and Work: a connective ethnography, University of Amsterdam, NL (External examiner)
- Davide Nicolini (2006) Theorising Work and Organisational Practices: The case of Telemedicine, Lancaster University, UK (Internal examiner).
- Justine Johnstone (2005) Knowledge, Development and Technology: Internet Use among Voluntary-sector AIDS Organisations in KwaZulu-Natal, London School of Economics, UK (External examiner)
- Mary Darking (2004) Integrating On-line Learning Technologies into Higher Education: A Case Study of Two UK Universities, London School of Economics, UK (External examiner)
- Pradipta Kiran Sarkar (2004) Phenomenological Inquiry into the Experiences of Web Project Managers, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (External Examiner)
- Heil, Dominik (2003) Understanding Corporations and Corporate Management: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Interpretation. University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (External Examiner)
- Corea, Stephen (2003) A Systems Perspective on Emergent Organisation: Studies of Call Centre Operations, London School of Economics, UK (External Examiner)
- Isomaki, Hannakaisa (2002) The Prevailing Conceptions of the Human Being in Information Systems Development: Systems Designers’ Reflection. University of Tampere, Finland. (External Examiner).
- Townson, Christopher (2002) Information System Development Methods: The search for order and control in information systems development in a UK bank, Lancaster University, UK. (Internal Examiner)
- Ahmed El-Kassrawy, Yasser (2001) Social and Cultural Aspects of Information Systems Implementation in a Non-Western Country, Lancaster University, UK. (Internal Examiner)
- Venter I (2000) Group constitution for small group learning in the field of information technology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. (External Examiner).
- O'Donovan, BC (1998). Towards a framework for understanding the adoption and diffusion of Information Systems in organizations, University of Pretoria, South Africa. (External Examiner).
- Silvia, Leiser (1998). Information Systems and Power in the Organizational Context, London School of Economics, UK. (Internal examiner)
- Potgieter, BC (1997). Service management of the Information Technology Infrastructure, University of Pretoria, South Africa. (External Examiner).
- Lamprecht, CW (1997). The social constitution of Information Systems Strategy: cultivating a strategy, University of Pretoria, South Africa. (External Examiner).
- On sociomaterial imbrications: what plagiarism detection systems reveal and why it matters
Introna, L. & Hayes, N. 2011 In: Information and Organization. 21, 2, p. 57-122. 66 p.
- The Enframing of Code: Agency, originality and the plagiarist
Introna, L. 2011 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 28, 6, p. 113-141. 28 p.
- On the ethics of (object) things
Introna, L. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, (Organisation, Work and Technology Working Paper Series)
- Sustaining the public good vision of the internet: the politics of search
Introna, L. & Nissenbaum, H. 2000 In: Preferred Placement: Knowledge Politics on the Web. Amsterdam : Jan van Eyck Akademie Editions