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2017/2018  KAN-CCMVI2062U  IT Management for the Digital Economy

English Title
IT Management for the Digital Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor - Carol McGuire, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, cmc.msc@cbs.dk
    Sven Bislev - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
In case of any academic questions related to the course, please contact the course instructor or the academic director, Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk.
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Strategy
Last updated on 25/04/2018

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Analyze the strategic uses of information technology, organizational change related to information technology, and business transformation based on information technology in order to identify future opportunities
  • Research the current IT-centric issues facing organizations and implement tools to address them
  • Investigate IT strategies can deliver value to organizations
  • Evaluate the techniques technology is being used to transform organizations
Course prerequisites
Business Bachelor completed
IT Management for the Digital Economy:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: 31 July - 3 August 2018

Retake exam: September - October 2018

3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: November - December 2018

Exam schedule is available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams.
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
4 hour written sit-in exam, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): home project assignment, max. 15 pages.
Course content and structure

The objective of this course is to recognize, leverage, and manage the ever growing and changing technology landscape within today's digital economy.

Organization survival and/or efficiency are increasingly related to the ability to acquire and maintain excellent information about itself and competing organizations. More than ever there is a need for faster access to critical information by all of the decision makers, of the quality and quantity that is needed to make better decisions.  These IT resources are integral to literally every business function and activity and it is imperative that future business professionals develop a rich and holistic understanding of how to effectively leverage these resources to achieve both operational and strategic benefits.  

This case-based course focuses on the strategic role of information, information technology and information systems in today's society.  Topics include: identifying the challenges faced by managers of modern firms, understanding the technologies that will help them meet these challenges, designing business processes to take advantage of the technologies, and creating management procedures and policies to protect these information assets. 


Preliminary Assignment: The instructor will provide a reading and video clip to be read/viewed before classes begin along with a task for Class 1.  This will help students maximize value course by jump-starting the learning process.

Class 1: Introduction to the Course and The Digital Economy
Class 2: Criticality of a Strong IT Infrastructure
Class 3: Disruptive Technologies
Class 4: Today's Decision Making: Business Intelligence
Class 5: Next Generation Decision Making: Artificial Intelligence
Class 6: Security I

Feedback activity

Class 7: Security II
Class 8: Social Media: Opportunity, Risk, Responsibility
Class 9: Enterprise Systems
Class 10: Technology-Driven Value
Class 11: Next Revolution: Cyber Currency: Blockchain and Bitcoin

Teaching methods
Discussion in class of the theoretical framework within each case, case presentations in class, in-class group activity.
Feedback during the teaching period
A feedback activity defined by the course instructor will take place approx. half-way through the course.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
Further Information

Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams.


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams end February 2018 at the latest.

Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


Required HBS Coursepack

CareGroup  Product #:303097

Continuous Casting Investments at USX Corp.  Product #:697020

The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Are Inside Your Company  Product #:H034T3

A Brand Under Attack: The Boycott of Stoli Vodka and the Power of Social Media, Product #:NA0403

iPremier (A): Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version)   Product #:609092

iPremier (B): Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version)  Product #:609093

iPremier (C): Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version)  Product #:609094

Blockchain: A New Solution for Supply Integrity  Product #:W16871

Carnival Cruise Lines   Product #:806015

Netflix   Product #:607138

Procter & Gamble: Improving Consumer Value Through Process Redesign  Product #:195126

Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Payments?  Product #:714519

Successfully Navigating the Turbulent Skies of a Large-Scale ERP Implementation  Product #:HEC035

Polyphonic HMI: Mixing Music and Math  Product #:506009

Airbnb (A)  Product #:912019

Airbnb (B)Product #:912020


Additional Mandatory Reading

Dremel, C., Wulf, J., Herterich, M. M., Waizmann, J. C., & Brenner, W. (2017). How AUDI AG Established Big Data Analytics in Its Digital Transformation. MIS Quarterly Executive16(2).

Rise of the humans 2: Practical advice for shaping a workforce of bots and their bosses, KPMG Institute, 2017


Sebastian, I. M., Ross, J. W., Beath, C., Mocker, M., Moloney, K. G., & Fonstad, N. O. (2017). How Big Old Companies Navigate Digital Transformation. MIS Quarterly Executive.

El Sawy, O. A., Kræmmergaard, P., Amsinck, H., & Vinther, A. L. (2016). How LEGO Built the Foundations and Enterprise Capabilities for Digital Leadership. MIS Quarterly Executive15(2).

Global Business Services: Disrupt or be disrupted, KPMG Institute, 2017


Evolution of blockchain technology, Deloitte Insights, 2017



Last updated on 25/04/2018