MBA 2432 Strategic Technology and Innovation Management

MBA 2432 Strategic Technology and Innovation Management

Course code: 
MBA 2432
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Espen Andersen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Strategic Technology and Innovation Management
Product category: 
MBA China
2025 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

ICT (information and communications technology) has evolved extremely rapidly, and is now increasingly pervasive in all aspects of business or public administration. Many of the most difficult decisions (strategic or administrative) to be taken by managers involve information technology, both as medium and content; and many actions (both external and external to the organization) are carried out within a fully digital environment. Rapid communications networks, mobile computing and communications equipment, and vast storage capabilities means that many industries are facing changes in their business environment that deeply influences their strategic options and future profitability. Clearly, managers need to understand information technology - if nothing else, so that they can communicate effectively with the organizational units charged with its implementation.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The intent of this module is to give the student an understanding of the role of information technology in organizations, the impact of the rapid technology evolution for business environments, and the challenge of managing the technology (and the organizational units charged with its introduction and support).

Learning outcomes - Skills

The discussions will be within three main areas:

  • Managing IT for competitive advantage: Understanding how IT can give the organization a competitive advantage, and how to sustain that advantage.
  • Understanding the role of IT in organizations: This part of the course will analyze organizations in terms of the chains, shops, networks framework, trying to understand how value is created in each of these strategic configurations, and how IT supports this value creation.
  • Managing the IT resource: Understanding the organizational challenges of IT management, the interface between IS and the business, governance models and organizational processes, systems development and delivery, outsourcing.
General Competence

The candidate can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.

Course content

Day 1: Strategic IT for competitive advantage
Day 2: IT in chains, shops and networks: Integration and competition
Day 3: Managing the IT organization: Structures, processes, measures
Day 4: The future of information technology - what to expect and how to keep up

Teaching and learning activities

The course is conducted as a teaching module, where students have classes all day for four subsequent days, a total of 32 hours.

The course evaluation will be based on portfolio assessment.

Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments. 

The course is a part of a full MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
School Exam
Form of assessment: 
Written School Exam - digital
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
Support materials: 
  • All printed and handwritten support materials
2 Hour(s)
Two hours written school exam on computer, counting 40 % of the final grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24323
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Activity, Oral
Form of assessment: 
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
Group (2 - 6)
This exam counts for 60% of the final grade. It consist of presentations day 2,3 and 4. The students must submit the presentations as PDF files.
Exam code: 
MBA 24324
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.