Research course

Management (Information Systems and Innovation)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Management

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline.

GMAT/GRE is required for all applicants.

English higher level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MRes/PhD programme

As a world-class and research-led department of management ranking #2 in our field, our new PhD programme is an integral part of the academic environment at LSE, producing doctoral graduates of the highest quality.

You will work closely with a number of international and world-class faculty members as well as a vibrant doctoral community of around 30 students, all pursuing varied research in different fields of management. The programme includes a comprehensive range of methodological training and seminars in specific research areas and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a designated field.

This track is based in the leading Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group within the Department of Management, and aims to be the most advanced doctoral training for socio-technical research in digital innovation worldwide. It focuses on the in-depth critical analysis of information and communication technologies, and how they shape expert communications within and across organisations.

This multidisciplinary track also draws on the core field of information systems and a great range of social science disciplines. We seek to recruit exceptional PhD candidates who are familiar with social theories and knowledge of information systems, digital innovation and management, and who have the motivation to conduct high quality research.

You will systematically research the role of digital technologies, how information is standardised from a technological viewpoint, and how technology is being applied in the workplace today. You also will learn to define problems and research questions, collect and analyse data, and bring empirical observations to bear on the development of theory. This will prepare you for a range of careers in universities and other research institutions around the world, as well as government organisations and multinational corporations.

Research conducted within in this PhD track is predominantly qualitative in nature. It aims to provide a rich account of how technologies are introduced as the agents of organisational and social change in real socio-economic contexts. Quantitative skills are useful as far as they serve the goals of qualitative research, and can be meaningfully integrated with the interpretive research tradition.

Department of Management

The Department of Management ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). Currently, the Department ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613