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2019/2020  DIP-DHDVV9905U  Digital Transformation of Business

English Title
Digital Transformation of Business

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Abayomi Baiyere - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-04-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Describe the essential characteristics of digital transformation of businesses
  • Understand the peculiarities of digital transformation in a business context
  • Identify, analyze and assess the opportunities and challenges inherent in different digital transformation alternatives
  • Reflect on the theories and realities of digital transformation based on readings and experience
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 2
Compulsory home assignments
2 assignments out of 4 should be passed as prerequisites for the exam.

- These may include: a case analysis, peergrading of peers, student reflections and multiple choice quizzes.

- There will not be any extra attempts provided to the students before the ordinary exam.

- If a student cannot hand in due to documented illness, or if a student fails the activity in spite of making a real attempt to pass the activity, then the student will be given one extra attempt before the re-exam. Before the re-exam, there will be one home assignment (10 pages)
Digital Transformation of Business:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
New writen product must be handed in before make-up exam/re-exam. Deadlines will be announced.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course will enhance the student's strategic ability to understand develop, and manage the digital transforamtion of their beusiness as a whole and in terms of their specific function. Students will learn about various concepts and frameweroks for sucessfully implementing digital initiatives in their business context. Upon completing this course, the stutents will be able to: 

  • Identify valuable digital transformation opportunitis in their organization
  • Put into action digital transformation frameworks that will boost their ability to implement and guide digital initiatives in their organization
  • Assess and overcome the challenges in digital transformation of business

On a strategic level, junior- and mid-level managers across all organizational functions can expect to have to deal with new digital transformation initiatives in the next 5 years. Businesses that are unable to transform themselves may find themselves obsolete as we enter a digital age with new logics of competition. It is therefore necessary, if not essential, to gain skills that position participants for relevance in this emerging business landscape.


The course content is structured into two main categories. The first category [topics 1-4] introduces the student to the fundamentals of digital transformation and takes a strategic perspective. The second category [topics 5-8] takes an operational perspective and unpacks the nuances of implementing and  dealing with digital transformation in practice.


  1. Digital "x" – What is the fuss about digital?
  2. Going digital – Reconceptualizing a business
  3. Digital transformation models
  4. Digital journey – From digital strategy to execution
  5. Digital value – Creating and capturing value in a digital age
  6. Digital practices – Logics of digital organizing
  7. Digital culture, leadership and workforce
  8. Digital partnering and platform thinking
Description of the teaching methods
Class activity combined with online elements.
Feedback during the teaching period
Active participation in class and online activities
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Preparation 100 hours
Last updated on 02-04-2019