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Professor Lucas Introna

Distinguished Professor of Organisation, Technology, and Ethics

Lucas Introna

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510958

Research overview

My research focus is the phenomenon of technology broadly defined and information technology more narrowly defined. Within the area of technology studies I have three enduring concerns (a) theorising the relationship 'between' the social and the technical, (b) technology and its relationship with processes of organising (such as virtual organisations, collaborative working, etc) and (b) the ethical and moral implications of technology for society (such as privacy, surveillance, etc).  Within these areas my research approach has always been qualitative and mostly informed by phenomenology and process philosophy.  Specifically my focal concern is the way in which information technology transforms social spaces and practices (both individual and collective spaces and practices). 

PhD supervision

Sociomateriality, Social study of algorithms, Ethics of technologies, De-centred sense-making, reflective practice, and any intersection of these.

Current Research

Sociomateriality and performativity; Ethical implications of information technology (privacy and surveillance in particular); Political studies of technology / values in the design of IT artifacts; Plagiarism, Computers and Cultural Values

Research Interests

Research Areas: Information and power; Situated organizational cognition and embodiment; Virtuality (virtual communities, mediation, identity, etc); Ethical implications of information technology (privacy and surveillance in particular); Political studies of technology / values in the design of IT artifacts; Philosophy of technology

Research approaches / theoretical interests:  Phenomenology (work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty); Phenomenological approaches to technology ( work of Ihde, Dreyfus and Borgmann); Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas (ethics and justice); Foucault (his work on power and the aesthetics of existence); Social construction of technology (work of Latour, Callon and Akrich)

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BCom, BA (Hons), MBA, PhD

External Roles

Visiting Profressor, University of Amsterdam

Professional Role

  • REF2021 - Panel member of Sub-panel 17: Business and Management
  • Associate Dean for Research (2010-2016)
  • Head of Department: Organisation, Work and Technology (2007-2010)
  • Chairman of the Faculty Constitution Re-drafting committee (2007)
  • Member of the Faculty Committee that prepared the RAE 2008 submission  (2007)
  • Member of the University Committee for Research Ethics (2005 – present)
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee (2004-2007)
  • Member of the University Working Group on Plagiarism (2002/2003)
  • Co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation
  • Lead member of the working group that redesigned the M.Sc in Information Management

My Role

  • Professor of Organisation, Technology and Ethics (Sept 2004 – Present) 

Current Teaching

Career Details

Lecturer in Information Systems (Sept 1995-Aug 2000) London School of Economics and Political Science; Professor of Information Systems (May 1995 – Aug 95) University of Pretoria; Associate Professor of Information Systems (1993- April 1995) University of Pretoria; Senior Lecturer in Information Systems (1991- March 1993) University of Pretoria

Business and Enterprise

Senior Management Consultant (1989-91) Deloitte Touche; Systems Analyst, Business Analyst and Project manager (1985-87) Kentron (Manufacturing); Computer operator and programmer (1983-85) University of South Africa

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