MIS40680 Managing Strategy and Innovation

Academic Year 2020/2021

Module Description
Technology is implicated in a host of transformations at a speed which many claim is un-paralleled by past experience. The rate of change, the scope for adoption and disruption and the front-page successes contribute to a general belief that technology has re-written our understanding of markets, businesses, consumers, management and leadership. One of the objectives of this course is to address the relationship between technology and change. The premise is that once we become aware of the complexity of that relationship, this understanding then becomes a foundation from which to analyse and assess contemporary and evolving business situations. The course topics centre on a number of related subjects, indeed, the topics are effectively split between core subjects such as Strategy, Lock-in and the Economics of Information and advanced perspectives on Technology and Change, Knowledge Management, Medium Specificity and Privacy. Combined, these topics provide a granular understanding of some of the major challenges facing the management of business information systems.

Module Objectives
- Describe key concepts relating to the role of information, technology and knowledge in contemporary organisations.
- Understand a number of contemporary strategic models and their management.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of key economic concepts relating to Information Systems.
- Demonstrate the practical applicability of a range of theoretical perspectives to understanding the relationship between IS and business.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the complexity of processes of IS-enabled organisational change and the challenges associated with managing them.
- Draw on wider social debates to illuminate issues related to the implementation and use of IT in organisations, especially issues around knowledge management and privacy.
- Develop critical thinking and communication skills.

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Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students will be able to:
(1) Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate theory and practice concerning digital business, organisational change, and digital innovation at a strategic level
(2) Demonstrate an ability to apply and critically assess key concepts concerning the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations
(3) Demonstrate an ability to apply and critically assess the main theoretical and applied approaches that are used by firms facing the threat of digital disruption
(4) Assess the impact of digital innovation and change on organisational performance, strategy, and competitive position in a range of settings
(5) Formulate and justify strategic recommendations for businesses interested in pursuing digital innovation at a strategic level by using an evidence-based approach to strategy formulation
(6) Inform decision makers in a socially and ethically responsible fashion by undertaking detailed analyses of digital innovation across a range of industries, markets and competitors
(7) Inform decision makers in a socially and ethically responsible fashion by constructing coherent and persuasive arguments with regard to managing strategy and innovation in the digital era, structuring the arguments logically, applying those arguments to real world settings and supporting them with relevant evidence
(8) Demonstrate an ability to engage in active, problem-based, research-led and collaborative learning by completing business projects and assignments individually and in teams and by presenting the outcomes of analysis and recommended actions / decisions to key stakeholders
(9) Select and utilise appropriate strategies (oral, written, visual, interactive) to communicate about, collaborate on, and advance objectives to meet various organisational challenges associated with digital innovation

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Essay: Individual assignment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Project and Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components

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Name Role
Professor Stefan Klein Subject Extern Examiner

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