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2017/2018  KAN-CINTO1019U  Strategy Making in Global Environments

English Title
Strategy Making in Global Environments

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Stefan Henningsson - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Strategy
Last updated on 15-06-2017

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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:
  • An understanding of the main corporate strategy theories
  • An understanding of how MNEs grow in the global environment using information and IT as strategic resources
  • An understanding of the key strategic challenges for Information Management and IT related to global environments
  • An understanding of how important IT is for the ways MNEs chose to organize
  • An ability to analytically reflect on the international strategy issues related to information and IT management
  • An ability to utilize theories of strategic transformations (including diversifications, mergers and acquisitions) for analysis of real cases
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 5
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
For sessions 2-10, students must do a case analysis and upload their case solution. There will typically be 2 - 3 questions, to be addressed in relation to the case, and the students need to prepare a short analysis (maximum one page) of these questions. For the HBR type cases, this requires the students to read the case and perhaps discuss it with fellow students before answering the questions. For the living cases, students should only use publicly available information on the Internet (company web-page, newspaper articles about the company etc.). The case analysis must be uploaded before class, and students will be called upon to defend or further augment their analysis in the class discussion. To go to the exam, 5 case analyses have to be uploaded.
Strategy Making in Global Environments:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
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.
Description of the exam procedure

Individual 4 hour written closed- books exam based on a case analysis answering a set of questions. An exam Q&A session is arranged, after the instruction is completed, but before the exam.

Course content and structure

The overall objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the field of corporate strategy in relation to information and IT, and the tools and methodologies enabling them to take a key role in developing a global IT strategy. The pedagogical model is intended to familiarize the students with issues in international business strategy as it relates to information management and IT, and to take the students from theory to strategy application through the use of case studies regarding multi-national enterprises (MNE’s).
The pedagogical model takes into account that students have different entry level qualifications, since it is assumed that students come with the skills acquired from the BA(im) and HA(it) programs, and international students taking the course as an elective.


No technical skills are required. However, it is required that students have a certain familiarity regarding strategy literature. This means that students without any knowledge about strategy will need to study somewhat harder than those who have this background.

Teaching methods
The course will consist of ten 3-hour sessions that combines lectures, case analysis and guest presentations.

The first session will introduce the course and wrap-up the essential pre-knowledge that attending students are supposed to be familiar with.

Sessions 2-10 will each focus on a different IT-strategy challenge facing large companies acting in global environments. The typical format for sessions 2 – 10 will be a lecture, interactive dialog elements and an in-class discussion of the case. Some of the cases will be traditional teaching cases (HBR type but provided free of charge to students), while the remaining cases will be living cases, where CIOs of major MNEs present their IT and information management challenges and how they deal with them.

Before each of the nine sessions, students should do a case analysis and upload their case solution. Each student must do an independent analysis of the case and upload the answer before each class. Students are encouraged to collaborate, but must hand in individual assignments.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback on case assignments will be given collectively in class. No individual feedback on case assignments will be organised. Specific questions will be addressed during time set aside during class, and at the office hours. Feedback on the exam will be organized as a collective session were the exam questions are addressed.
Student workload
Preparation for classes 80 hours
Preparation for 9 cases including submission of written solutions to 3 – 5 questions 70 hours
Class attendance 30 hours
Preparation for examination 22 hours
Sitting the 4 hour exam 4 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature


Grant, Robert M. 'Contemporary Strategy Analysis. Part IV'. Wiley



Bourgeois, L. J. & Patel, L. 'Note on Post-merger Integration.'. Harvard Business Review Cases. Harvard Business School, UV 1024

Drnevich , P.L.: & Croson, D.C.: 'Information Technology and Business-Level Strategy:  Towards an Integrated Theoretical Perspective'. MIS Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 483-509/June 2013

Eaton B, Hallingby H, Nesse P and Hanseth O 'Achieving Payoffs from an Industry Cloud Ecosystem at BankID",'. M I S Quarterly Executive, 2014, Vol 13, Issue 4, p. 223-235

El Sawy, Omar A. 'The IS Core IX: The 3 Faces of IS Identity: Connection, Immersion, and Fusion,"'. Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 12, Article 39.  p588-598. 

Henningsson & Yetton (2017)  'Towards a theory of Post-acquisition IT integration.'. Distributed through Learn.

Hirschheim, R., and Sabherwal, R. '"Detours in the Path toward Strategic Information Systems Alignment,"'. California Management Review (44:1), pp 87-109.

Iansiti, M., and Levien, R. '"Strategy as ecology,"'. Harvard Business Review (82:3) 2004, pp 68-81

Kohli, R., and Grover, V. 2008. 'Business Value of It: An Essay on Expanding Research Directions to Keep up with the Times'. Journal of the Association for Information Systems .  Volume 9, Issue 1, Article 2, pp. 23-39

Mitra, S ''Information technology as an enabler of growth in firms: an empirical assessment'. Journal of Management Information Systems, 22:2, 279-300.

Myers, M. B. and M. S. Cheung (2008). 'Sharing global supply chain knowledge."'. MIT Sloan management review 49(4): 67-73.

Meyer, K.: 'Globalfocusing: corporate strategies under pressure,'. Strat. Change 18: 195–207

Nalebuff, B. J., and Brandenburger, A. M. 'Co-opetition: Competitive and cooperative business strategies for the digital economy,"'. Strategy & leadership (25:6) 1997, pp 28-35.

Reynolds, P., & Yetton, P. 'Aligning business and IT strategies in multi-business organizations.'. Journal of Information Technology, 30(2), 101-118

Svahn, F., Mathiassen, L., Lindgren, R., & Kane, G. C. 'Mastering the Digital Innovation Challenge.'. MIT Sloan Management Review, 58(3),

Tanriverdi, H. '"Information technology relatedness, knowledge management capability, and performance of multibusiness firms."'. MIS quarterly: 311-334

Toppenberg, G., S. Henningsson and G. Shanks 'How Cisco Systems Used Enterprise Architecture Capability to Sustain Acquisition-Based Growth"'. MIS Quarterly Executive 14(4): 1-10.

Last updated on 15-06-2017