Specialization Seminar in Research on Digital Innovation


Course Objective

Upon completion of this course students will have:
• Acquired a basic understanding of issues around and theories on
(digital) technology and organizations
• Developed an understanding of the importance of a socio-technical
perspective and a practice perspective in analysing the use of digital
• Developed reflective and critical skills in understanding the role of
digital technology in organisations
• Developed the ability to synthesize the literature and integrate
knowledge in the field of digital technology and organizations, and
formulate possible research directions based on that literature
• Developed the ability to communicate with other experts about the
current theories and research on digital technology and organizations

Course Content

The course focuses on classics and contemporary theories and school
of thought addressing various aspects of the role of information /
technology in organisations. Thorough understanding of theories
explaining how technological innovations come about and how
technologies influence innovative ways of working and organising is
needed to avoid the use of limited deterministic perspectives of
technological developments within organisations and society at large.
Characteristic of the course is its focus on practice perspective while
digital technology is addressed from a socio-technical perspective. As
such, this course provides a foundation for critical thinking in the
of digital technology and organisations. The emphasis is on digital
technologies, including digital innovations in sectors such as
and the high tech industry.

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures; Each week a 4-hours session.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of the following elements:
• Individual examination (80%): essay-type exam
• Class participation (20%)


A list of readings will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this Master's programme and, upon approval by the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_SSRDI
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M.H. Huysman
Examiner prof. dr. M.H. Huysman
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M.H. Huysman
prof. dr. ir. J.J. Berends

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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