The goal of this course is to study the vibrant role of information technology (IT) in businesses today. IT not only commands more than a third of firm capital budgets, it also is a major driver of business successes and failures. It is now clear that the road to the digital transformation of businesses unleashed by the Internet and Web will remain bumpy. Some will win big; others may lose it all.
Who will win? How do we take advantage of IT? In this course, we address three issues related to these questions.
1. Strategic role of IT in Business
2. Management of the IT Infrastructure
3. Management of the IT Function
Our goal is not to learn IT for technology sake. Of course, we need to have a working knowledge of IT foundations. But that’s just the starting point. Our main objective is to understand the myriad linkages between IT and business. We want to know how IT creates value. How do we capture IT business value? How do we measure it?
The bulk of class assignments are team-based. They include case analyses and a team project. The balance of the course grade will be determined by class participation and an open book take-home exam.
This course satisfies the IS elective requirement for MBA students. No prerequisites.
(7/10 - TM)