Teaching

Fall 2016-2017 – Information Technology and Digital Strategy (MGT-439)

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – College of Management (CDM)

Language: English

Summary: In this course students should gain a broad-based knowledge of the ever-changing world of information technology and how it relates to corporate business operations and strategy as well as to digital business innovation.

Content

  • An introduction to electronic commerce and the elements of its infrastructure.
  • Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology and digital innovation trends, including big data and analytics, blockchain, crowdsourcing, outsourcing, and operations.
  • Identify strategies for electronic commerce and digital business and how those strategies relate to and support business models.

Keywords: Information technology – Information systems – Strategic use of Information Systems – e-commerce – outsourcing – crowdsourcing – digital innovation – digital strategy – digital governance

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Describe electronic commerce and the elements of its infrastructure
  • Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology trends and digital innovation trends, including big data and analytics, blockchain, crowdsourcing, outsourcing and operations
  • Identify strategies for electronic commerce and how those strategies relate to and support business models
  • Identify strategies for digital innovation and how those strategies relate to and support business models
  • Describe digital innovation and the elements of its infrastructure
  • Interpret the digital transformation of organizations

Transversal skills

  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

Case Method

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment combining:

  • 25% class participation
  • 50% group case reports
  • 25% group case analysis

Fall 2014-2015 – Information Technology and e-Business Strategy (MGT-439)

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – College of Management (CDM)

held together with Prof. Christopher Tucci

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course students should gain a broad-based knowledge of the ever-changing world of information technology and how it relates to corporate business operations and strategy. To accomplish this goal, the course will seek to achieve the following objectives:

    1. Provide an introduction to electronic commerce and the elements of its infrastructure
    2. Explore current, and identify possible future, information technology trends, including crowdsourcing, outsourcing and operations
    3. Identify strategies for electronic commerce and how those strategies relate to and support traditional business functions (i.e. marketing, finance, accounting, management, etc.)

TEACHING METHODS

Case Method


2013-2014 – ICT for Development
(Course code PGSP11293- School of Social and Political Science – The University of Edinburgh)

Course description

The course will offer an empirical perspective, providing students with a number of cases to address questions concerning information systems design and implementation in national and international development. The course will also address the issue whether and how existing geographical information systems, digital archives, databases and information infrastructures more in general can be designed taking into account the need of local users when the involvement of traditionally marginalized communities is at stake. Illustrations will be provided from projects attempting to bridge the digital divide and the consequent social inequalities in terms of access to eHealth and eGovernment services at a national and international level. Students will address information system development techniques in the context of development, including participatory design and post-colonial computing.

Design methodologies: participatory design, post-colonial computing, artful integration.

Types of technologies discussed: eHealth and eGovernment information infrastructures and their mobile and desktop applications; geographic information systems; digital archives; information infrastructures, ICT standards.

Types of theoretical concerns: artefacts & politics, how values are inscribed in technologies, engineering mentality, difference between micro- and macro- levels of analysis of technology.