STRATEGIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT MIS375 Unique#: 04030 FALL 2011 VERSION: 8/19/2011 Instructor : Hϋseyin Tanriverdi, Associate Professor Class times : Monday / Wednesday 11:00am-12:30pm Class location : UTC 4.134 Instructor’s Office : CBA 5.208 Phone : (512) 232-9164 Fax : (512) 471-0587 E-mail : [email protected] Office Hours : by appointment Course objectives Information technology (IT) is a relatively young business function in corporate history compared to other business functions. But rapid developments in the short history of IT have already had profound impacts on firms. In addition to becoming an essential infrastructure over which almost all business functions run, IT has played major roles in expanding capacity of firms for sensemaking, learning, and improvising in complex, dynamically evolving competitive landscapes. Yet, many business leaders are mystified by technical complexities of IT. They have a tendency to relegate IT management to technical leaders and run IT as a support function rather than a strategic platform that determines where the firm can play and how it can win. For such business leaders, IT continues to be a blind spot and a stumbling block to the achievement of their firms’ strategic objectives. This course is developed for students who would like to avoid such blind spots and stumbling blocks and use IT strategically. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts of information economics and strategic IT management. Understanding economics of information is essential especially in service-oriented economies in which the majority of goods and services are information based. The course examines how firms compete on information products and services that are subject to network externalities, switching costs, and lock-in. It explores how IT-enabled interconnections among products, customers, business processes, firms, industries, and economies affect the complexity of competitive landscapes and growth and decline of firms. The course also discusses how digital business strategy of a firm can enable or constrain profitable growth of the firm. Course delivery format The course is delivered through a participant-centered, discussion-based, active learning format in which students share control and responsibility for learning. Course website : Hosted on the Blackboard system . Updates to this syllabus and other course materials will be posted on this website. Please log on to the site before each class to view the announcements. Course packet : A digital course packet (CP) , which contains electronic versions of some of the cases and articles, is available from Harvard Business School Publishing. See the course website on Blackboard for details. Reading assignments that are not available in the course packet can be accessed through Blackboard (BB) .
Grading: Contributions to in-class discussions : 25% Take home midterm-1 : 25% Take home midterm-2 : 25% Take home final : 25% Total : 100% Contributions to in-class discussions. This class uses a participant-centered, discussion- based, active learning format. You are expected to read, analyze, and think about the issues
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