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Data Science & Information Systems


Strategic IS for Competitive Advantage



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.



 % of the total mark
 Learning outcome evaluated
Continuous assessment  + Teamwork on cases

Teamwork and team grade during case studies + Case assignments

Two cases in total:

- During the 1st day workshop, students have to prepare the case A  (10 % of the final grade).

- During the second day workshop, they have to prepare the case B ) (10% of the final grade).

- During the workshop, students have to prepare Two missions (each 5% of the final grade).

Class Participation
Individual participation during class sessions
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Final exam (Individual exam)
 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


First Day Workshop

Feb 10, 2020


Session 1. Introduction
Information Systems for Strategic Advantage - A shared Value logic


Strategic Alignment


Ross 2012 Framework for a dynamic analysis of the infrastructure

Last year course: Enterprise Architecture

The organizing logic for business process, data and IT capabilities reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the firm’s operating model (Ross, 2012)

 Watch the video

Session 2.  Strategic Information Systems for a competitive advantage


How IS is changing the Business ecosystem

Question1. What are the three instruments of interaction of NBA ecosystem?

Mission 1 (5% of the final grade)
the NBA

Question 2. What are the  four dimensions of the ecosystem engagement platform for synchronization of efforts ?

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


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


Second Day Workshop

Feb 14, 2020

From Business Intelligence to Data Analytics

Session 5. Achieving Competitive Advantage with Information Systems

Case B (10%)

ERPSIM Simulation
An introduction explaining the basics of the ERPsim Distribution SAP simulation learning game developed by Baton Simulations.
To find out more about using ERPsim Distribution game

Session 6. Impact on the the value Chain
How IS is transforming  the  value chain
Question 1. How IS is transforming actors’ roles in the value chain
Question2. The impact of IS on the client’s value chain