Oral history of British science

Land, Frank (14 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's home, Ivybridge

  • Interviewees

    Land, Fred Frank, 1928- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 14: Overview of academic career at LSE from 1968: establishing degree course, with support of Gordon Foster; developing research side and PhD programme; FL concentration on socio-technical; LEO experience creating connections; collaboration with Sandy Douglas in establishing department; [04:31] high status of department; involvement with European Conference on IS and United Kingdom Academy Information Systems, more supported by polytechnics than older universities. [06:22] Comments on work of Association for Information Systems [AIS]. Further remarks on career: Chair in 1982 and head of statistics department; splitting of department into specialist groups, leading to creation of IS department; highly profitable department. Story about FL's 1986 resignation after a colleague, Rudy Hirschheim was refused tenure and start at LBS. [12:54] Comments on: differences between LSE and LBS; not being able to establish IS as major subject, similar to predecessor, Peter Keen, and successor; retiring from LBS in 1991 to become visiting then emeritus professor at LSE; changes in LSE organisation leading to IS being part of department of management; launch of a recent project on the credit crunch. [19:18] Remarks on departmental life at LSE: decline of statistics department from 1930s and 40's high, in spite of presence of Alan Stewart and Maurice Kendall; Claus Moser; OR group under EL, including Jonathan Rosenhead; fragmented nature of department; decline of original LSE plan to have university without departments, and loss of community spirit over time. [24:55] Remarks on: departmental and group seminars; FL's unsuccessful attempt to create a general seminar series; description of intergroup seminars; PhD seminars; social events following seminars; industry focused seminars not going down well. [30:04] Remarks on: departmental kettle; FL's successor Claudio Ciborra's outlook on IS and introduction of a studio space and kitchen c.late 1990s.

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    Interview with computer programmer and information systems theorist Frank Land.

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    Frank Land interviewed by Tom Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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