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Lecture | Information Systems, Science and Technology Studies, Technology and Innovation

Information technology and digital strategy

Summary

In this course students should gain a broad-based knowledge of the ever-changing world of information technology and how it relates to corporate strategy, digital business innovation, and their impact on government, work, and society.

Content

  • An introduction to digital business and the elements of its infrastructure.
  • Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology and digital innovation trends, including big data and analytics, blockchain, crowdsourcing, outsourcing, and operations.
  • Identify strategies for electronic commerce and digital business and how those strategies relate to and support business models.
  • Develop a critical understanding of  the societal impacts of digitalization.

 

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Describe digital business and the elements of its infrastructure
  • Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology trends and digital innovation trends, including big data and analytics, blockchain, crowdsourcing, outsourcing and operations
  • Identify strategies for electronic commerce and how those strategies relate to and support business models
  • Identify strategies for digital innovation and how those strategies relate to and support business models
  • Describe digital innovation and the elements of its infrastructure
  • Interpret the digital transformation of organizations
Number of credit hours per week 4
Course eligibility Optional
Presence of students On-campus

Storyline

In this course students should gain a broad-based knowledge of the ever-changing world of information technology and how it relates to corporate strategy, digital business innovation, and their impact on government, work, and society.

Content

  • An introduction to digital business and the elements of its infrastructure.
  • Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology and digital innovation trends, including big data and analytics, blockchain, crowdsourcing, outsourcing, and operations.
  • Identify strategies for electronic commerce and digital business and how those strategies relate to and support business models.
  • Develop a critical understanding of  the societal impacts of digitalization.

Compulsory readings

  • Afuah, A., Tucci, C. Viscusi, G. (2018) Creating and Capturing Value through Crowdsourcing, Oxford University Press.

  • Afuah A. & Tucci C. (2002) Internet Business Models and Strategies, 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

  • Pearlson, Keri E. and Saunders, Carol S.(2013) Strategic Management of Information Systems, 5th Edition. Wiley. 

  • Sambamurthy, V., Zmud, R. (2012) Guiding the Digital Transformation of Organizations, Legerity Digital Press.

  • Viscusi, G., Batini, C., Mecella, M. (2010) Information Systems for eGovernment: a quality of service perspective, Springer, Heidelberg. 

  • Feenberg, A. (2010) Between Reason and Experience – Essay in Technology and Modernity, The MIT Press.

 

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Gianluigi Viscusi (PhD) is research fellow at the Chair of Corporate Strategy and Innovation (CSI) of the EPFL.  His areas of expertise include information systems strategy and planning, business modeling, public policy and ICT-enabled Innovation, e-Government, information quality and value, service management and engineering, social study of information systems. Currently, he is specifically interested in three research streams: 1) crowd driven innovation, investigating how crowd related technologies affect organizations in both private and public sector; 2) translational research for management of technology and innovation, with a focus on recognition, information production and the role of information infrastructures; 3) open innovation in the public sector and social value of open data. He has been consultant on e-government planning, policy design, and implementation roadmaps for international organizations such as, e.g., the OECD. His research has been published in a range of books, conference proceedings, and journals such as, e.g., Government Information Quarterly, Data & Knowledge Engineering, The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems (ACM SIGMIS).

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