LSE Department of Information Systems


 Knowledge and Organizing

24-25 April 2003

The 3rd Social Study of IT workshop at the LSE

Knowledge and Organizing

Papers and presentations from the workshop

In April 2003 the Department of Information Systems at the LSE will be hosting the third workshop on the Social Study of ICT (SSIT3). The workshop will take place on the 24 and 25 April 2003 at the LSE campus on the Aldwych. In the past two years successful SSIT workshops have been held and have addressed issues of infrastructure, network society and globalisation. This year our theme is knowledge and organizing.

This topic is chosen as a providing an opportunity to explore a number of contemporary research strands in the social sciences that explicitly address knowledge, knowledge work, knowledge products and knowledgeable practices, and which relate it to various forms of organizing with and through technology. Within our home area of information systems this is perhaps most explicit in the rapid growth of research in knowledge management, and the links that are proposed between the emergence of new organizational forms, of knowledge workers and of knowledge work. But we also see many other areas within IS that come to consider a similar set of issues, including, for example, the study of global financial markets, open source software development or peer to peer networking, and which are framed through a concern for who knows what and how this knowing mobilises and organizes. In this workshop we will explore such concerns and do so by drawing on contributions from within the IS field and from other social science disciplines. Through presentations, panels and debate we hope to explore, in various contexts and through diverse research strands, some sustaining links that can expose the intricate and tricky connections between knowledge and the act of organizing.

Following the successful format established in the earlier workshops, the programme will combine presentations from members of the Department, colleagues from other LSE Departments and distinguished invited speakers. The aim is to provide a stimulating opportunity for a multidisciplinary group to debate their research and to be exposed to various theoretical perspectives.

Speakers who have already agreed to participate include:

A draft Programme is under preparation, but we expect to retain the format from previous years: the workshop will run from 9.30 am on Thursday 24 April to lunch time on the 25th. We expect to have between 6 or 7 speakers making presentations, as well as one or two panel sessions. Regular updates on the event can be found at:

There is no charge for attending the workshop; coffee and tea will be provided.


Places are free but numbers are limited. Please reserve your place by completing the attendance form (in word format or in pdf format) and returning it to the Event Administrator, emma keys:

Tel: 00 44 (0) 207 955 6398
Fax: 00 44 (0) 207 955 7385

Page last updated 25 April, 2003