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2019/2020  KAN-CINTO1017U  Advanced Strategic Information Management

English Title
Advanced Strategic Information Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
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
  • Attila Marton - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Organisation
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 04-06-2019

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Learning objectives
By the end of the course students should demonstrate an ability to
  • describe concepts of organizational strategizing and platform thinking
  • elaborate on strategic information management, and illustrate it with examples
  • apply concepts to challenges of strategic information management in a case setting
  • explain empirical findings with regards to strategic information management
  • compare and contrast fundamental assumptions of theories and concepts
  • assess and criticize the scope of theories and concepts as well as their relevance for practice
Advanced Strategic Information Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Students can submit the same assignment or they can choose to submit a revised assignment.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In today’s digital economy, information management has evolved into a strategic necessity, challenging organizations to think beyond the mere administration of data for operational efficiency. Hence, this course is not about how to program or manage databases; we rather focus on alternative viewpoints on strategizing that are more appropriate for today’s challenges posed by the digital economy. To this effect, we combine relevant theories of organizational strategizing (e.g. strategy as practice, organizational learning) with platform thinking (e.g. multi-sided business models, crowdsourcing) into a contemporary framework of strategic information management. As a result, students will learn new tools for digital business strategizing in the 21st century and how they, as information managers, can think about information in terms of business strategy, contributing to an organization’s ability to continually identify opportunities, adapt and learn, implement change, and negotiate the meaning of information in increasingly ambiguous and volatile environments.


Description of the teaching methods
Based on the principles of student-centred learning, the learning methods will be a mix of interactive lectures (partially in a blended format), thought experiments, practical exercises as well as group and class discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course offers a series of workshop meetings in which students get feedback on their projects.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Workshops 6 hours
Preparation for Lectures 48 hours
Preparation for Workshops 14 hours
Preparation of Project Report 90 hours
Preparation of Exam 24 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the final literature on Canvas before they buy the books.


Mintzberg, H., & McHugh, A. (1985) "Strategy formation in an adhocracy." Administrative Science Quarterly 30(2): 160-197.


Huang, J., Baptista, J., and Galliers, R. D. (2013) "Reconceptualizing rhetorical practices in organizations: The impact of social media on internal communications." Information & Management 50(2): 112-124.

Crossan, M., & Berdrow, I. (2003) "Organizational learning and strategic renewal." Strategic Management Journal 24(11), 1087-1105.

Bharadwaj, A., El Sawy, O. A., Pavlou, P. A., & Venkatraman, N. V. (2013) "Digital business strategy: Toward a next generation of insights." MIS Quarterly 37(2): 471-482.

Last updated on 04-06-2019