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2011/2012  BA-DOEK_CIMS  Critical Issues in IT Management & Strategy

English Title
Critical Issues in IT Management & Strategy

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Schedule: Thursday: 08.00-10.35, week: 37- 39,41,43-46
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
Course Coordinator
  • Michelle Antero - Center for Applied Information and Communication Technology
Secretary Bodil Sponholtz - bsp.caict@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Corporate and Business Strategy

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After the course students should be able to
• Discuss common IT management issues with business practitioners
• Apply IT management techniques to real-life business cases
• Identify strategies for aligning IT risk with business strategy
• Evaluate means of IT governance for achieving corporate strategy goals
• Develop case-based strategic proposals using risk management and IT governance to create competitive advantage
Basics of organizational theory and business strategy (BSc 1st and 2nd year) and basic understanding of information technology
Critical Issues in IT Management & Strategy :
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Winter Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
20 minute individual oral exam based on a 5-page, individually-written synopsis. The retake exam is held as the ordinary exam.
Course Content

The course focuses on the challenges managers face when implementing IT in organizations. The course discusses how the continuous changes of technology and applications impact the organization. The first part of the course introduces critical issues in IT management. The second examines corporate strategy by focusing on how to turn IT risk into competitive advantage and how to use IT governance as a strategic tool.

The first part of the course literature includes cases presented by senior IT managers who have faced challenges with IT implementation in real-life situations. Examples of topics discussed in the course include:

- Developing and delivering value in IT

- Developing IT Strategy for business value

- Linking IT with business metrics

- IT enabled innovation

- Knowledge Management

- IT Sourcing

- Developing IT Capabilities


The second part of the course literature focuses on IT strategy with a focus on risk management and IT governance. Example topics include:

- IT risk & consequences

- Risk management frameworks

- Core disciplines of risk management

- Implementing IT governance

- Linking IT governance to Corporate Strategy

Teaching Methods
Teaching is textbook and case-based. The teaching is built around lectures presenting the theoretical concepts and implications combined with presentations/discussion of the relevant cases studies.
Student Workload
Teaching in classroom (10*3) 30 hours
Preparation to teaching 90 hours
Preparation for case discussions 20 hours
Writing synopsis 20 hours
Preparation for exam 65 hours
Total: 225 hours

IT Strategy in Action: International Edition: 312 pages

IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decisions Rights for Superior Results: selected chapters, approx. 185 pages

IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage: selected chapters, approx. 150 pages


Cases will be distributed during class number of pages approximately 40