Professor Ian Angell


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Introduction              Site Last Updated: February 9, 2010

Ian Angell has been Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics since 1986. Prior to that he researched and taught Computer Science at Royal Holloway College, and University College London.

Angell has very radical yet constructive views on his subject, and is very critical of what he calls “the pseudo-science of academic Information Systems.” He has gained a certain notoriety worldwide for his aggressive polemics against the inappropriate use of artificial intelligence and so-called knowledge management, and against the hyperbole surrounding ‘e-commerce.’


His main research work concentrates on organizational and national I.T. policies, on strategic information systems, and on computers and risk (both opportunities and hazards), particularly the systemic risks inherent in all socio-technical systems and the security threats posed to organisations by the rapidly diffusing international information infrastructure.

His highly articulate presentations of his controversial position means he is in great demand by the media, and as a speaker on the international lecture circuit. Apart from his keynote talks on Computer Security, the Global Consequences of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and on business strategy in a world globalized through ICT, he is also well known for his workshops on new tactics for sales and marketing using the Internet {that awful term Web 2.0}, and for his pragmatic, down-to-earth and outspoken views on electronic commerce; developments in the telecomms industry; obsessive compulsive management, particularly management by numbers; the surveillance society, particularly UK ID cards and the ID register; intellectual property {he is chairman of Creative Commons (England and Wales)}; and a thousand and one other topics related to the impact of computerization on business and society.

As a taster, see what he has to say about Short-termism, ID cards, Taxation and particularly Green Taxes.

This July Bloomsbury Academic is publishing Science's First Mistake: Delusions in pursuit of Theory, a book written jointly by Ian and his colleague Dionysios Demetis. See what they have to say about Science's First Mistake and Religion.

He is presently working on a new version of the New Barbarian Manifesto: Flight of the Golden Geese with his Canadian friend David Lesperance, a tax lawyer from Toronto, Canada.

Read about him, his appearances in the media, or sample some of his talks, books and other popular writings.

You can see him being interviewed by Tim Sebastian on BBC's Hard Talk: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.





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