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IB96H - Knowledge, Work and Innovation

  • Module code: IB96H
  • Module name: Knowledge, Work and Innovation
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The development and spread of IT-based innovations demands new theoretical and practical approaches to the challenges of integrating technological and organizational change. Research shows that the spread and implementation of IT based innovations in business processes (within and between organisations) and through enterprise-wide and cross-enterprise systems integration are dependent on supporting processes of institutional and organizational change. Understanding these challenges therefore involves drawing on a range of theoretical contributions drawn from the social science of innovation which highlight the interplay between organizational processes and their social contexts. In particular, a focus on the creation and distribution of knowledge provides an integrating framework for these contributions. The module will allow students to apply this theoretical framework to concrete examples of IT-based innovation in product, process and service arenas. Through participatory role-play exercises, case-studies and group activities, students will be able to show how a better understanding of the social and technological dynamics of the innovation process can result in more effective management practice, and successful business outcomes.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding: Achieve awareness of the social and technological dynamics of IT-based innovations in key areas such as business processes and enterprise systems supporting these business processes; Develop an integrated perspective on processes of IT-based innovation through a focus on the creation and distribution of knowledge; Develop an appreciation of the practical challenges of managing IT-based innovation and the contribution of a better theoretical understanding; Acquire greater knowledge of the range, effects and business implications of emerging IT-based innovations.Key Skills; Analyse the process and outcomes of IT-based innovation processes through a greater appreciation of their social and organizational context; Demonstrate improved decision-making skills in the evaluation of the likely outcomes, costs and benefits of IT-based innovations. Subject Specific/Professional Skills: Demonstrate enhanced expertise in the application of IT capabilities and systems to the development of innovation within business settings.

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 30 hours. Lectures per week: 20 hours. Seminars per week: 10 hours. Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 5 weeks.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB96H-15)
A2 (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 70%
  Group Presentation 20%
  Case Studies 10%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • MSc in Information Systems and Management (G5N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Information Systems Management and Innovation (G5N3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Information Systems Management and Innovation (G5N3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (G5N4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Organisation Science) (N1B2) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Finance and Accounting) (N1A8) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Management (N2N1) - Year 1