Research

 

This page lists my academic research to date, as well as white papers and policy papers in which I have been involved.  Where copyright prevents me from uploading published papers, I have made available closely similar .pdf versions of published papers where possible.

Journal articles

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) Available here

Fishenden, J. and Thompson, M. (2012) “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) 10.1093/jopart/mus022) (published online Sep 2012; forthcoming in print) Available here

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 Available here

Thompson, M., and Walsham., G. (2010) “ICT research in Africa: need for a strategic developmental focus.” Information Technology for Development, 16(2): 112-127 Available here

Thompson, M. (2008) “ICT and development studies: towards development 2.0.” Journal of International Development, 20(6): 821-835 (DOI: 10.1002/jid.1498) Available here

Thompson, M. (2005) “Structural and epistemic parameters in communities of practice.” Organization Science, 16(2): 151-164

Thompson, M.P.A. (2005) “ICT, power and developmental discourse: a critical analysis.” The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 20: 1-25 Available here

Thompson, M.P.A. and Walsham, G. (2004) “Placing knowledge management in context.” Journal of Management Studies, 41(5): 725-747 Available here

Thompson, M.P.A. (2004) “Some proposals for strengthening organizational activity theory.” Organization, 11(5): 579-602 Available here

Thompson, M. (2004) “Discourse, ‘development’ and the ‘digital divide’: ICT and the World Bank.” Review of African Political Economy, 31(99): 103-123 Available here

Thompson, M.P.A. (2002) “Cultivating meaning: interpretive fine-tuning of a South African health information system.” Information and Organization, 12(3): 183-211

White Papers and Policy documents

Thompson, M. (2012) “Appendix 3: Comments by Dr Mark Thompson, University of Cambridge”.  Government and IT.  ‘A recipe for rip-offs’: Time for a new approach: Further Report, with the Government Response to the Committee’s Twelfth Report of Session 2012-12.  House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, pp. 39-43.  Available here

Maxwell, L., Fishenden, J., Heath, W., Sowler, S., Rowlins, R., Thompson, M., and Wardley, S. (2010) Better for less: How to make Government deliver IT savings“. White Paper published by Network for the Post-bureaucratic age, 7 September Available here

Maxwell, L., Sowler, J., Thompson, M., and Stevens, T. (2010) Desktop – Better for Less. White paper submitted/presented to Cabinet Office, July 1 Available here

Thompson, M., and Maxwell, L. (2010) £100 Contract Cap: Why government should limit the size of IT projects. White paper submitted/presented to Cabinet Office, 2010

Thompson, M. (2010) Government IT has a problem.  Talk to cross-party parliamentary candidates on behalf of EURIM Information Society Alliance, 2010 Available here

Thompson, M. (2009) Open Source and Open Standards: Reforming IT Procurement in Government, Paper prepared for George Osborne/Conservative Party Available here

Other documents drawing substantively on these ideas

Cabinet Office (2011) Government IT Strategy, March 2011 Available here  (built around principles of Open standards)

Cabinet Office (2011) Government IT Strategy Strategic Implementation Plan: Moving from the ‘what’ to the ‘how’, September 2011 Available here (Delivery approach, p9)

Conservative Technology Manifesto (March 2010) Available here (Procurement section)

Sowler, J. (2010) Big society, not big government IT: Access to realtime information: the next government IT failure headline? White paper submitted to Cabinet Office, 2010 Available here

Research Working Papers

Thompson, M. (2009) “where has everyone gone? Re-integrating people into accounts of organisational practice’. Judge Business School Working Paper 4/2009 Available here

Thompson, M. (2007) “ICT and development studies: Towards Development 2.0”. Judge Business School Working Paper 27/2007 Available here

Thompson, M. (2005) “The role of technology in professional communities: Professional communities at Oracle”. Oracle Worker Productivity Series 2005 Available here

Thompson, M. (2002) “Confessions of an IS consultant, or the limitations of structuration theory”. JMS Working Paper Available here

Conference papers

Thompson, M. (2012) ‘The death of the vertical!’ Grasping Cloud’s implications for the public sector’. Panel address to Next steps for Government ICT conference, 13 September, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London

Thompson, M. (2012) ‘The death of the vertical!  What transforming really means’.  Keynote address to Transformation through Technology conference, Barbican, London, 24 May

Thompson, M. (2012) Keynote panel discussion with Lord Freud, Paula Venellis (Chief Exec of Post Office) and Lord Erroll on public sector organisational reform, Go On: ND2012, 7th National Digital Conference, 30-31 May 2012, Old Billingsgate, London

Thompson, M. (2012) ‘The death of the vertical!  Grasping Cloud’s implications for the public sector’.  Panel address, Govnet Next Steps for Government ICT Conference, 13th September 2012, QE11 Conference Centre, Westminster, London

Thompson, M. (2012) “Doing business with SMEs.” In: HM Government Public Procurement Briefing 2012: Driving a Culture of Innovation and Enterprise with SMEs, 9 March 2012, One Great George Street, London, UK.

Thompson, M. (2012) “Digital government, open architecture, and innovation: why nothing can be the same again.” In:The Charity and Finance Directors Association (CFDG) Annual IT Conference, 6 March 2012, Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK.

Thompson, M. (2012) “Killing off the white elephants? Digital government, open architecture, and innovation: why nothing can ever be the same again.” In: Gartner PPM Club Meeting, 26 January 2012, Institute of Directors, London.

Thompson, M. (2011) “Digital government, open architecture, and innovation: why nothing can be the same again.” In:SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management) Conference, 1 December 2011, Birmingham NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Maxwell, L. and Thompson, M. (2010) “How to make government deliver IT savings.” In: Intellect Government Group Meeting, 7 December 2010, London.

Thompson, M. (2010) “Ontological creep within organisation studies: the case of communities of practice.” In: EGOS Colloquium, 26th, 28 June-3 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.Thompson, M. (2010) “Open standards and innovation in government IT.” In: Annual General Meeting of Intellect (UK Technology Trade Association), January 2010, London, UK.

Thompson, M. (2009) “Where has everyone gone? Re-integrating people into accounts of organizational practice.” In:Cardiff Employment Research Unit (ERU) Annual Conference, 24th, 3-4 September 2009, Cardiff, UK.

Thompson, M. (2009) “Why government IT is your problem, too!” In: EURIM Information Society Alliance Meeting, 24 September 2009, London, UK.

Thompson, M. and Walsham, G. (2009) “Organizational communities of practice: wrong fork in the road?” In: Theorizing Practice in Communities of Practice: EGOS Colloquium, 23rd, 2-4 July, Barcelona, Spain.

Thompson, M. and Walsham, G. (2008) “ICT research in Africa: need for a strategic developmental focus.” In: Towards an ICT research agenda for African development: IFIP 9.4 Working Conference, 23-24 September 2008, Pretoria, South Africa.

Thompson, M. (2003) “ICT, power, and developmental discourse: a critical analysis.” In Wynn, E.H., Whitley, E.A., Myers, M.D. and DeGross, J.I. (eds.) Global and organizational discourse about information technology: IFIP TC8 WG8.2 Working Conference, 12-14 December 2002, Barcelona, Spain. Boston, Mass.: Kluwer Academic, pp.347-373

Thompson, M. and Walsham, G. (2001) “Learning to value the bardic tradition: culture, communication and organisational knowledge.” In Smithson, S., Gricar, J., Podlogar, M. and Avgerinou, S. (eds.) Global co-operation in the new millenium: Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (9th), 27-29 June 2001, Bled, Slovenia. Bled: ECIS, pp.706-714

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