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ICT Strategy and Planning


ICT has become an integral element of almost any business and affects everyone’s personal life. The breakneck speed at which new technology comes onto the market, creates a highly complex development to manage. CIO’s are expected to pursue the latest opportunities to keep their companies stay ahead in competitive markets, but need to balance such agility with thorough consideration for the capabilities of their organizations. This set of lectures addresses 6 important areas for CIO’s and their strategic advisors:
1) Planning instruments and methods for Business-IT Analysis
2) The impact of technological change on businesses
3) Blurring boundaries of the corporation
4) Executive and Operational Management of IT
5) From Harmonization to Consolidation
6) The value of IT

The course considers the challenge for IT from a business perspective, either externally driven by economical, technological or societal drivers or internally driven such as management directives for better executive or operational control or focus.

The course makes extensive use of the latest publications in this area through web references and applicable articles. Topical developments in the business world that bear relevance to the subject matter might be included for discussion on an ad-hoc basis.

Guest speakers from industry are invited to share their experience and insight.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, the student should: – Be able to understand and apply business models and the translation in ICT strategy and plans – Be cognizant of economical, technological and societal forces of change on ICT in a company – Be acquainted with the role of governance for the realization of plans – Be familiar with the issues around IT as investment and its perceived value

Texts and other materials

The presentations and background articles will be available on BlackBoard – References to books will be provided during the lectures, but purchase is not essential


Grading for this course is based on:
1. in class participation: 15%
2. individual homework: 30%
3. individual review paper (case study): 55%

Attendance and active class participation is required to pass this course.