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2018/2019  KAN-CCMVI2074U  Strategic IT for Managers

English Title
Strategic IT for Managers

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
  • Michelle C. Antero, Assistant Professor, Zayed University, man.acc@cbs.dk
    Michelle Antero - Department of Accounting (AA)
For academic questions related to the course, please contact the course instructor.

Other academic questions: contact academic director Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 29-05-2019

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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:
  • Describe enterprise information system strategies and how these relate to the overall enterprise objectives and strategy.
  • Evaluate a portfolio of IT systems for a specific enterprise.
  • Apply theoretical models to explain how information systems can support different organisational structures and effective governance.
  •  Use relevant theories to analyse IT strategy in real world cases that integrate and demonstrate course topics.
  • Research the current IT-centric issues facing organizations and implement tools to address them.
Course prerequisites
Completed Bachelor degree or equivalent
Strategic IT for Managers:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: Home Assignment: 25/26 June - 29 July 2019. Please note that exam will start on the first teaching day and will run in parallel with the course.
Retake exam: Home Assignment: 72-hour home assignment: 8-11 October 2019 - for all ISUP courses simultaneously.
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignemnt: 25-28 November 2019 - for all ISUP courses simultaneously.
Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​internationa-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Retake exam: 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages, new exam question
Course content and structure

This course exposes students to the impact of different types of information systems and their strategic value to the organisation. Core strategic concepts, and both resource-based and business process approaches are introduced. Information systems can support both different organisational designes and collaboration across value chains, and be strategically architected to support an enterprise's opeerations in competitively advantageous ways. Evaluating IT investments and strategic decisions on sourcing, as well as how IT is directed and controlled will be covered as part of the IT governance.


Preliminary assignment: Read the preliminary readings and the mini case.

Class 1: Introduction to the Course, What is IT Strategy

Class 2: Linking Systems Strategy and the Enterprise

Class 3: IT Architecture and Infrastructure

Class 4: Managerial Levers

Class 5: Building and Changing Global Business Processes

Class 6: Today's Decision Making: Business Intelligence 

Feedback activity

Class 7: Information Security

Class 8: Social Media: Opportunity, Risk, Responsibility

Class 9: Technology Driven Value

Class 10: Next Generation Decision Making: Artificial Intelligence

Class 11: Next Revolution: Cyber Currency: Blockchain and Bitcoin

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, Case-based teaching, Group discussion
Feedback during the teaching period
The students are expected to provide a proposal and outline for the the final paper. Individual feedback will be given.

All Home Project Assignments/mini projects are based upon a research question (problem formulation) formulated by the students individually, and must be handed in to the course instructor for his/her approval no later than 11 July 2019. The instructor must approve the research question (problem formulation) no later than 16 July 2019. The approval is a feedback to the student about the instructor's assessment of the problem's relevance and the possibilities of producing a good report.
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 2019 at the latest.


Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


Rothaermel F  What Is Strategy, and Why Is It Important?  (chapter 1 of STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, SECOND EDITION, McGraw-Hill Education) 978-0077645069 2015                                                                                                                               


Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, David Robertson Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution Harvard Business Review Press 2006, 978-1591398394                                                                                                           


Weill, P. and J. Ross (2005). "A Matrixed Approach to Designing IT Governance." MIT Sloan Management Review 46(2): 26-34.                 


Weill, P. and Vitale (2002) IT Infrastructure for E-Business MIS Quarterly Executive, 1(1), March 2002.                                                                                                                                       

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 Executive, 16(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 Executive, 15(2).

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

Evolution of blockchain technology, Deloitte Insights, 2017


Additional relevant readings:


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Last updated on 29-05-2019