ICTO

Information and Communication Technologies
in Organizations and Society

Strategic Information Systems

Business Value and Performance

Strategic IS for Competitive Advantage

COURSE OBJECTIVES  

Strategic information systems (SIS) are Information Systems that are developed in response to business initiative.  They are intended to give a competitive advantage to a firm. They may deliver a product or service that is at a lower cost, that is differentiated, that focuses on a particular segment , or is innovative.

Strategic information management (SIM) is a salient feature in the world of information technology (IT). SIM helps businesses and organizations categorize, store, process and transfer the information they create and receive. It also offers tools for helping companies apply metrics and analytical tools to their information repositories, allowing them to recognize opportunities for growth and pinpoint ways to improve operational efficiency.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Assessment
 % of the total mark
 Details 
 Learning outcome evaluated
Continuous assessment (Class participation) + Teamwork on cases
 25% 

25% 

Teamwork and team grade

+ Individual participation during case studies + Case assignments

Four cases in total:

- For the 1st tutorial session, students have to prepare cases A and B (each 5% of the final grade).

- For the second case study session, they have to prepare the case C ) (5% of the final grade).

- For the last case study session, students have to prepare the case D (each 5% of the final grade).

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  25%
 
  Final exam (Individual exam)
 50%
 Exam based on a case study
 The final exam will include questions on: theoretical classes (of course not only the slides but also the oral speeches), case studies

Content

 

Session 0. Introduction:  Information Systems for Strategic Advantage - A shared Value logic

 

Session1.  Strategic Information Systems for a competitive advantage

Case A (5%)

 
 

Session2.  Strategic Information Systems Planning for a strategic alignemet

Case B (5%)

Case study B.  (10% of the final grade)

Session 3a.  The impact of SIS on firm’s Business Models: Changes on the management infrastructure

Session 3b.  The impact of SIS on firm’s Business Models: Changes on the value creation

1. Business Model

2. The impact of SIS on the pillars of the BM

3. SIS impact on the management infrastructure

  - Crowdsourcing

  - Crowdfunding

  - Collaboration with suppliers

  - Collaboration with competitors

With your team, use the Business Model Canvas (BMC) to compare TWO companies (in the private jets industry) while focusing on the Strategic Impact of their Information Systems
 

Session 4.  From Business Intelligence to Big Data