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Technology and Organization

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Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N12435

Semester: Spring

Convenor: Robert Pasley

Credits & Level: 10 credits; Level 2

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Only available to Business School students, including students taking Geography with Business, Modern Languages with Business, Computer Science and Management and Maths and Management.

Delivery: 11 weekly ninety minute lectures plus 2 sixty minute seminars, one 15 minute introductory video

Assessment: One 1.5 hour examination (100%)

Exam Format:Answer TWO questions. Paper contains SIX questions. All questions carry equal marks.

Summary of Content This module considers several of the transformations in contemporary organisations as a result of the use of information systems. Topics include different ways to understand the relationship between technology and organisation and implications of technology for knowledge management and other management areas. Possible future issues are considered.

Aims To examine the technologies that organizations will use in the future and why, and in particular to address how new technologies may play a key role in sustaining organizational operations and industrial civilization.

Key Words: Technology, organization, information systems, B2B, Web 2.0, technological determinism, knowledge management.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations
  • The comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information

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