ELE 3780 Digital Business: Developing Technological and Organisational Capabilities

ELE 3780 Digital Business: Developing Technological and Organisational Capabilities

Course code: 
ELE 3780
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Tarjei Alvær Heggernes
Course name in Norwegian: 
Den digitale bedriften: Teknologi og forretning i samspill
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor - Electives
Semester: 
2022 Spring
Active status: 
To be discontinued
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Discontinued term: 
2022 Spring
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Digital plays an ever-increasing role in business. Almost imperceptibly digital technologies have entered the value creation of most companies. What does digital look like in today's businesses, and how will it affect the businesses of the future?  

These and similar questions will be discussed in this course, which we will approach with a practical and hands-on approach. 

Digitalization occurs when businesses use digital technology in a holistic and integrated way, both internally and externally. The digital company has streamlined all its work processes, leverages digital technology to create a holistic and frictionless customer experiences, and explores how the business model can be changed. In order to succeed in digitalization, it is not sufficient to focus on the new technical solutions, one must also look at existing technology. To stay ahead, one must consider changing the organizational structure, management mechanisms and developing new skills. 

In the course we will start by laying a theoretical foundation that explains how businesses have been, and will be influenced by emerging and developing digital technologies. Next, we will focus on some of the most important digital tools that can contribute both to effective learning during the study period, and to creating an efficient operation and to perform analysis of value creation in a business. The course is thus divided into a theoretical part and a practical part, parts that will eventually be linked as the practical parts will exemplify the theoretical part.  

Digitalisation is when businesses use digital technology in a holistic and integrated approach, both internally and externally. The digital business is recognised by streamlined operational processes, an unified and frictionless customer experience, and is constantly rethinking their business model. Digitalisation is based on technology, but most organisations struggle more with organisational and managerial issues, and find it hard to develop new knowledge capabilities.

We begin the course with a few cases of digital services and businesses to see what is new and novel to understand why some succeeds and others do not. We will continue with some easy to use tools and techniques for prototyping digital solutions. Finally, we will define some underlying mechanisms of how technology evolves over time and use that knowledge to become better prepared for future developments in technology.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • Understanding the concept of digitalization 

  • Have knowledge of how digitalization can develop operational processes and customer experiences 

  • Be familiar with processes, methods and tools for developing digital solutions 

  • Have knowledge of organizational and managerial mechanisms that support the digitalization of a business 

  • Understand how digital technologies support today's business operations and how this support is developed over time 

Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Be able to analyze digital solutions and identify basic characteristics 

  • Be able to identify new digital improvement measures in a business 

  • Be able to use simple and central tools to create economic models 

  • Be able to use tools to set up simple business data analytics 

General Competence
  • Technological developments create many opportunities for new applications. In the course we will distinguish between what is technically possible, what is appropriate in a business context, and what is desirable in terms of ethics and social development. 

Course content

The course will include the following topics: 

  • The digital enterprise: Overview of a company's enterprise and system architecture.  

  • Data, information, decisions and gains 

  • The digital workplace that drives innovation 

  • From business to network: How digitalization has affected organizational forms 

  • Technology development and technological literacy 

The course will consist of a theory section that discusses the role of digital technologies in a business, and a practical part where common and important tools like spreadsheets, databases and business applications are used. In this way, the student will gain concrete, and not just theoretical digital competence.  

Teaching and learning activities

Synchronous and asynchronous learning activities that include both theoretical lectures, tutorials/guides and class discussions. Students are scheduled to assess each other's work as part of the course.  

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".
Additional information

For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester.

A re-sit exam in ELE 37801, counting 100 %, is offered in spring 2022.

Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Teaching

Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ELE 37802
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Group (1 - 3)During the course, students will complete a number of tasks/exercises to train analytical and practical skills. In order to promote the best possible learning, the tasks must be submitted along the way for a formative fellow student assessment. Information on mandatory and selectable activities to be delivered digitally will be provided at the start of the course. The tasks can be solved in groups that work together throughout the semester and deliver a common project thesis. For some tasks, 2 - 3 groups can work together on partial submissions. All the assignments are submitted together in group at the end of the semester.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Structured test
Exam code:
ELE 37803
Grading scale:
ECTS
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
Examination when next scheduled course
40No2 Hour(s)Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:During the course, students will complete a number of tasks/exercises to train analytical and practical skills. In order to promote the best possible learning, the tasks must be submitted along the way for a formative fellow student assessment. Information on mandatory and selectable activities to be delivered digitally will be provided at the start of the course. The tasks can be solved in groups that work together throughout the semester and deliver a common project thesis. For some tasks, 2 - 3 groups can work together on partial submissions. All the assignments are submitted together in group at the end of the semester.
Exam code:ELE 37802
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Structured test
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:2 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code:ELE 37803
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
45 Hour(s)
Lectures and other class room activitites. Some sessions will be online.
Prepare for teaching
45 Hour(s)
Submission(s)
110 Hour(s)
Work on term paper, group project
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.