The study of organisations and grand challenges in the digital global business landscape requires a multidisciplinary perspective. For this reason, the Organisational Theory and Information Systems (OTIS) PhD pathway brings together scholars from organisation theory and information systems to investigate both emerging and long-standing issues faced by individuals and organisations concerning institutional and organisational change, as well as digital innovation and work practices.
The breadth of interests pursued by our OTIS faculty and students creates a vibrant research environment has fuelled our strong international reputation for qualitative research whilst being supportive of a wide range of methods.
Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville talks about the Organisational Theory and Information Systems pathway.
Hello. I’m Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville, and I’m a member of the Organisation Theory and Information Systems subject group, and the lead for this pathway on our PhD programme. A PhD in the Organisation theory and information systems or OTIS Pathway at the Cambridge Judge Business School will lead you to an exciting and impactful academic career.
Our faculty and PhD students have a worldwide reputation as leading scholars who use primarily qualitative methods to explore important questions related to organising in general, as well as organising in relation to digital technologies.
We studied diverse topics and contribute to a range of academic and theoretical conversations, including those on institutional and organisational change, social innovation, digital innovation, and social and environmental issues.
What unites us are several common elements. The first is a deep intellectual curiosity, which means we draw from and contribute to various theories from within and beyond Organisation studies. The second is a passion to shed light on the organising practises and their consequences in settings that really matter.
Often, these relate to societal grand challenges, such as those around social or environmental issues, whether they occur in communities or much broader scales. And finally, our commitment to methods that enable us to get up close to the phenomena we study, which include ethnographic methods, in-depth interviewing, and other qualitative data collection techniques.
As a PhD student in the OTIS pathway, like all CJBS PhD students, you would enjoy a close and collaborative relationship with the faculty members. We publish regularly in our top academic journals, as well as other outlets. And many of us serve, or have served, as Associate or Senior Editors, or on the editorial review boards of our top journals.
This means we can effectively mentor our students to learn the craft of academic publication and navigate this process. If you’d like to learn more about how you can join us as a PhD student, please look at our information about the key entry modes, either through our MPhil on Innovation, Strategy and Organisation, or through the Master of Research or MRes programme.
As well, read below for some of the types of questions you might explore as a member of our group and for further information about what sets us apart. Finally, be sure to check out our faculty web pages for what we’re currently studying, and please get in touch if we can help with your questions.