Information Management and Digitalization (MSB204)

Digital transformation is about adopting business processes and practices that position organizations to compete effectively in an increasingly digital economy. This organizational adaptation is primarily about leadership and strategy, in which digital technology provides both opportunities and threats. The course deals with this tension.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course provides an understanding of how all firms need to adopt business practices to the ever-increasing digitalization of the economy. By integrating academic research and real-life examples students will gain knowledge of how firms can both unlock the advantages and mitigate the threats from the digital technology. The way that a firm governs and implements the use of digital technology has fundamental implications for short-term gain and long-term survival.

Topics and themes that are covered:

  • Foundations to Information System (IS) Strategy and Strategizing
  • Digital Transformation and Organizational Transformation
  • Organizing and Governing the IS Function
  • Current and Emerging Challenges, including ethical challenges of digitalization

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, you will have knowledge of:

  • Different perspectives on how a firm can create value in a digital economy;
  • Strategic and organizational challenges that organizations face in a digital economy
  • Important digital trends and capabilities.

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Provide recommendations on how to create value from digital initiatives;
  • Source and manage digital transformation initiatives.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Take home exam 1/1 7 Days Letter grades

Coursework requirements

Group project with presentation in class
The group project is based on Challenge Based Learning as a method, and parts of the project will be included in the final take home exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Bjarte Ravndal

Study Program Director:

Yuko Onozaka

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group project, presentations, and student peer reviews. The group project will normally involve real life organizations.

Students are expected to work for a total of 280 hours on this course, including lectures and seminars, peer assisted reviews, independent study, group project, and the take home exam.

Lectures and seminars: 30 hours. Feedback and supervision of group project: 10 hours. Individual preparation and group work: 190. Take home exam: 50 hours.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Information Management and Digitalization (MØA204_1) 10

Open for

Master of Science in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)
Exchange programmes at UIS Business School

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto