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2010/2011  KAN-MIR  Managing the IT resources

English Title
Managing the IT resources

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Teaching is both in Danish and in English
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Course Coordinator
Mogens Kühn Pedersen
Main Category of the Course
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
By the end of the specialisation, the student should be able to:
• Demonstrate thorough knowledge of different frameworks illustrating the key issues involved in IT strategy and be able to evaluate different frameworks.
MSc profile in IT Management and Business Economics
Individual oral exam based on a project or case
Exam Period May/June
The course contains two obligatory assignments (1 & 2) and finishes off with an oral examination based on a project or case written in groups (3).

1) obligatory assignment: A literature synthesis consisting of max 4000 words:

To be approved, the literature synthesis should apply the concepts, theories, and models of the theme in question, and it should demonstrate the clarity of argumentation.

2) obligatory assignment: IT strategy proposal

To be approved, the proposal must reflect that the student is able to analyse IT strategy issues in a given organization, benchmark the situation against that of peer organisations, and provide suggestions for how the organisation can develop to become ‘best business practice’ /’state-of-the-art’.

3) Examination: Critical case analysis

The oral examination is 30 minutes, inclusive of grade deliberation.

The examination takes place in May-June. Make-up and re-examination take place in August.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Aim of the course

Effective management and mobilisation of IT resources are key to company success. This course addresses issues of sourcing, developing and managing IT resources covering technologies and information systems’ services impacting organisation, lines of business, markets and industries.

The aim of the course is to enable the student to identify and critically analyse opportunities and challenges in management of IT resources adopting models and methods based upon academic theories and findings and upon understanding conditions of praxis in today’s businesses. They will be equipped with knowledge about IT strategy frameworks, business models, and innovation

management so as to enable the student to discuss and evaluate new technologies, business opportunities and strategies for the successful application of IT for governmental and business objectives.

Subjects covered in the course

A. IT Strategy and business strategy with IT - frameworks

B. How to exert strategy - a value benefit approach

- B.1 Governance - structural and process (portfolio of projects, etc.)

- B.2 Sourcing (contracts, negotiation, SLA, etc.)

- B.3 Enterprise architecture (frameworks tools, standards, etc.)

- B.4 IT Innovation (globalisation, co-creation, etc.)

- B.5 Mergers & Acquisition (alliances, due diligence in IT, etc.)

- B.6 Business alignment (BPM, etc.)

- B.7 IT organisation (corporate IT, functional IT, distributed IT, etc.)

C. Implications and impact of the IT strategy for organisation, business and competitiveness.


John Ward and ELizabeth Daniel (2006); Benefits Management. Delivering Value from IS & IT Investments. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-470-09463-1.

M.A. Cusumano (2010); Staying Power: Six Enduring Ideas for Managing Strategy and Innovation in a Changing World. (Oxford university Press, forthcoming 2010), based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon lectures in Management studies.

Charles Betz (2006); Architecture and Patterns for IT Service Management, Resource Planning, and Governance: Making Shoes for the Cobbler's Children.