The Cranfield PhD - The Future IS Organisation

Cranfield School of Management

Visit Cranfield School of Management's main website

PhD Opportunities

The Future IS Organisation

Supervisor: Joe Peppard BBS MSc PhD FICS

The Future IS Organisation

The environment within which the IS organisation operates is in a constant flux. New strategies, reflecting business opportunities and changing market conditions, are developed to remain competitive. Organisational structures, processes and work practices continually evolve, reflecting the new strategic requirements. The implementation of technologies, such as the Internet, service oriented architectures (SOA), utility computing and mobile networks raise management issues not encountered with older technologies. The increased use of outsourcing - both IT and business process - has also changed the environment within which the IS organisation must operate. Seeking agility in both supply and demand chains places additional pressures on the IS organisation. Coupling this with the increasing prevalence of mobile working, home working and the extension of IT systems into both supplier and customer organisations raises additional issues. No organisation can hope to manage in this context with an IS organisation that is designed and managed based on principles and practices developed in a previous era. The IS organisation must change and evolve to reflect these changing conditions and new requirements. The future IS organisation must be agile, responsive and proactive. But what will it look like?

Research proposals will probably explore new models for the IS organisation to reflect ever changing conditions, seeking to develop new blueprints for structures and processes. In addition, proposals might address questions such as: What capabilities must the new IS organisation develop? What is the right balance between centralisation and decentralisation? How can an appropriate governance structure be established? What are the criteria used to assess the agility and responsiveness of an IS organisation? How can an IS organisation respond to as well as drive change? What does "lean" mean in the context of the IS organisation? What do organisations have to do to make any transition?

home about mba msc doctorates executive development research information contact us