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INFO6012: Information Technology Strategy and Value

The increasingly strategic role of IT in organisations is widely recognised. This unit of study is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to strategic aspects of IT as they impact on business value. Such a perspective is critical for IT professionals in both IT producer and user organisations from the level of Chief Information Officer to managers as well as technical specialists. Deep understanding of IT strategy formulation and implementation and ensuring its alignment with the organisation's strategic directions is important for successfully managing the major changes that the IT function has undergone in recent years. Topics covered will include assessment of IT impacts, achieving sustainable competitive advantage through IT, relationship between IT strategy and value, IT strategy formulation and implementation, evaluation of strategic investments in IT, IT portfolio management, IT sourcing and open innovation, and dynamics of IT strategy and game theory. It will explore IT-related strategic decision making at the different organisational levels and the concept of strategic congruence. This unit will also provide students with models, tools, and techniques to evaluate an organisation's IT strategic position, and hence to help make appropriate strategic choices.

Code INFO6012
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
COMP5206 OR ISYS2160

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. perform an internal and an external strategic analysis
  • LO2. evaluate an organisation, its strategy, and its environment, and its information systems in terms of congruence or strategic fit
  • LO3. determine and evaluate appropriate strategic choices from the analysis, with particular emphasis on choices relating to Information Technology
  • LO4. apply the key strategic management tools and models
  • LO5. understand the nature and scope of the strategic management process and of the different strategic approaches available to an organisation
  • LO6. clearly address a complex strategic case study.