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817604S ICT and Organizational Change, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 817604S  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name ICT and Organizational Change  Abbreviation ICT and Organiz 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Karin Väyrynen 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work

Language of instruction 



2nd year, spring semester, periods 2+3

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course the student is:

•    Able to distinguish various levels of organisational activities and their relations;
•    Able to discuss about the role of information technology in various levels of change of organisation and its context;
•    Able to analyse ICT-based organizational change process.


The course studies organisations at four levels: individuals, practices, organizational structures and transformations, and the societal context of organisations. The organizational role of ICT and the relation between ICT and knowledge are also discussed. A method for analysing organisations as networks of activity systems is presented. The role of power, trust and control in the change process is discussed. The different aspects of change agents are presented and analysed.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Introductory lectures 20h, seminar sessions 14h, individual work 100h (for a review and analysis of selected course materials and making a presentation for the seminar).

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

B.Sc. or other equivalent degree and course Information Systems in Organisations (812304A) or equivalent knowledge.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

A list of research articles will be provided for the lectures and assignments. Readings for the background and theoretical framework are:
•    Gareth R. Jones (2010) Organizational Theory, Design, and Change: Global Edition (6. Ed.) Chapters 1-3, 10-12, Prentice Hall.
•    K. Kuutti (1996) Activity Theory as a potential framework for human-computer inter-action research, in Context and Consciousness: Activity Theory and Human Com-puter Interaction, B. Nardi, Editor. 1996, MIT Press: Cambridge. p. 17-44.
•    Frank Blackler (1995) Knowledge, knowledge work and organizations: an overview and interpretation. Organization studies, 1995. Pp. 1021-1046
•    Frank Blackler et al. (2000) Organizing Processes in Complex Activity Networks. Organization, vol. 7 no. 2. Pp. 277-300.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Lecture and seminar participation, assignment (literature review, analysis, seminar presentation). Alternatively by examination and personal assignment report.



Person responsible 

Kari Kuutti

Working life cooperation 



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