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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 2022-2023. 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:

  • Govern an organization's investments and use of digital technology;
  • 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
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 in Accounting and Auditing Business Administration - Master of Science Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)
Course assessment
Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto