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Aligning ICT and Business

Aligning ICT and Business

Code: ISM2TX310
Scope: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Language: English
Curriculum: Master’s Degree Programme in Information Systems Management
Course level: Master’s degree advanced professional studies
Course type: Compulsory

 

Starting level and linkage with other courses
The course has no prerequisites and is linked to other compulsory advanced professional studies of the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Systems Management.

Learning objectives and assessment

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands the main concepts concerning business and ICT linkage on a basic level

  • understands the diverse strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats concerning the linkage of business and ICT and how they can be recognized, planned, and benefited from on a basic level

  • understands the importance of business and ICT linkage on strategic, tactical, and operational levels on a basic level

  • is able to apply the concepts and processes in the working environment on a basic level

  • is able to evaluate the business and ICT linkage solutions on a basic level

Grade 3:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands the main concepts concerning business and ICT linkage on a good level
  • understands the diverse strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats concerning the linkage of business and ICT and how they can be recognized, planned, and benefited from on a good level
  • understands the importance of business and ICT linkage on strategic, tactical, and operational levels on a good level
  • is able to apply the concepts and processes in the working environment on a good level
  • is able to evaluate the business and ICT linkage solutions on a good level

Grade 5:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands the main concepts concerning business and ICT linkage on an excellent level
  • understands the diverse strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats concerning the linkage of business and ICT and how they can be recognized, planned, and benefited from on an excellent level
  • understands the importance of business and ICT linkage on strategic, tactical, and operational levels on an excellent level
  • is able to apply the concepts and processes in the working environment on an excellent level
  • is able to evaluate the business and ICT linkage solutions on a good level

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If students have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet. Student demonstrates his / her expertise concerning business and ICT linkages as well as processes and results (written material) made by him/ her in his/ her working environment and explains his/ her general view of concepts and framework (written material). The demonstration can be a case study presentation to all the students in the group.

Cooperation with the business community
Team project
Visiting lecturer(s)

International dimension
The international partners; experts on aligning business and ICT.

Contents

  • Business and ICT
  • Concept of Alignment
  • Business Continuity
  • Change Management
  • Effects of Working in an International Environment

Learning methods

  • Contact sessions
  • Team work and team assignments
  • Independent studies and individual assignments
  • Self-assessment of learning

Assessment

  • Team assignments
  • Individual assignments
  • Project
  • Examination

Course teacher
Heikki Suominen

Learning materials

  • http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_venkatraman_strategic_alignment.html
  • http://search.proquest.com/docview/222419053/fulltext/140430732F563D6132...
  • Ahlfors, U. 2005. Successful Interactive Business: Integration of Strategy and IT. University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä.
  • Aquilina, Ronald. Business – IT Alignment Equilibrium States in Small Firms: A Dynamic Perspective. Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship 11-12 November 2015 – Glasgow UK.
  • Bell, Steven C. & Orzen, Michael A.  Lean IT – Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation. CRC Press. New York. ISBN 978-1-4398-1756-8
  • Bhatia, Ashu. 2012. Value Creation: Linking Information Technology and Business Strategy. Brown Books Publishing Group. Dallas. ISBN 978-1-61254-036-8
  • Harris, Michael D. & Herron, David E. & Iwanicki, Stasia.  The Business Value of IT – Managing Risks, Optimizing Performance, and Measuring Results. CRC Press. New York. ISBN 978-1-4200-6474-2
  • ICT Standard for Management. 2012. ICT Standard Forum.
  • Kim, W. Chan & Mauborgne, Renée. 2015. Ble Ocean Strategy. Harvard Business Review Press. Boston. ISBN 978-1-62527-449-6
  • Ostwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. & Tucci, C. 2005. Clarifying Business Models: Origins, Present, and Future of the Concept. Communications of AIS. Vol 15, pp. 1-40.
  • Porter, M. 2004. Competitive Advantage. Free Press. New York.
  • Porter, M. 2008. On Competition. Harvard Business School Publishing Company. Cambridge.
  • Pulkkinen, M. 2006. Systemic Management of Architectural Decisions in Enterprise Architecture Planning. Four Dimensions and Three Abstraction Levels. Proceedings of the 39th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, pp. 1-9.
  • Versteeg G. & Bouwman, H. 2006. Business Architecture: A New Paradigm to Relate Business Strategy to ICT. Information Systems Front vol.8, pp 91-102

Other material given by the teacher