Deputy Director of the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation and MPhil in Management Science & Operations Programmes
University Senior Lecturer in Information Systems
BA (Univ. of Oxford), MSc (SOAS, Univ. of London), PhD (Univ. of Cambridge)
Mark has sixteen years of information systems and change management consultancy experience, including four years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture). He is currently a Director of Methods Consulting, a UK top 20 business and IS consultancy. He is also a Main Board Member of Intellect, the UK's leading technology trade association.
In 2007-2008 Mark was a senior adviser to the UK Shadow Cabinet under George Osborne, for whom he delivered an influential report proposing widespread adoption of open standards in government IT that has since become policy. Mark was credited by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude as having laid the foundation for the government's current procurement strategy and has subsequently authored, co-authored, or significantly influenced a series of a series of white papers, policy documents, and a parliamentary committee Expert Report. Such documents include think-tank document Better for Less, which formed the strategy for Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group, a journal article that has been widely shared in government, the Government IT Strategy, and the Government Strategic Implementation Plan. Mark is a regularly invited industry and government speaker, and is also pioneering these ideas in practice through his London-based consultancy Methods, where he is delivering radical transformational organisational blueprints for over 10 pathfinding government organisations.
Thompson, M. (2005) "Structural and epistemic parameters in communities of practice." Organization Science, 16(2): 151-164
Thompson, M. (2008) "ICT and development studies: towards development 2.0." Journal of International Development, 20(6): 821-835 (DOI: 10.1002/jid.1498)
Thompson, M. and Walsham, G. (2010) "ICT research in Africa: need for a strategic developmental focus." Information Technology for Development, 16(2): 112-127 (DOI: 10.1080/02681101003737390)
Thompson, M. (2011) "Ontological shift or ontological drift? Reality claims, epistemological frameworks and theory generation in organization studies." Academy of Management Review, 36(4): 754-773
Thompson, M. (2012) "People, practice, and technology: restoring Giddens' broader philosophy to the study of information systems." Information and Organization, 22(3): 188-207 (DOI: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2012.04.001)
Fishenden, J. and Thompson, M. (2013) "Digital government, open architecture, and innovation: why public sector IT will never be the same again." Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory (DOI: 10.1093/jopart/mus022) (published online Sep 2012; forthcoming in print)
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 1AG
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From Obamacare to Universal Credit, government has a poor record when it comes to handling major IT projects. Happily research by Dr Mark Thompson is laying the foundations of a new IT strategy which many hope will open up new markets and opportunities for innovation.