ELE 3731 Information Technology in Organizations


ELE 3731 Information Technology in Organizations

Responsible for the course
Ragnvald Sannes

Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

Information Technology Management is an introductory course offered to exchange students. Information technology is a key element in globalization, innovation and collaboration. Seamless integration of local, inter-organizational and global business processes is enabled by information technology. Service and product innovation is based on the use of information technology. The Internet and the world-wide-web have revolutionized customer service and provided a basis for new and innovative business models. Students will be given an opportunity to explore some of the driving forces behind these developments.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
On completion of the course the students will

  • Understand how information systems and information technology enable and facilitate business innovation and change
  • Be familiar with major trends in technology development
  • Be familiar with commonly used tools for communication, cooperation and coordination, and social media
  • Have knowledge of elements and relationships in an information technology infrastructure
  • Understand the role of technology in business processes and service provision

Acquired skills
On completion of the course the students will be able to:
  • Describe and analyse the use of information technology within business, industry and at value system levels
  • Develop and describe a business model
  • Describe an IT infrastructure
  • Develop and describe a requirements specification for an information system
  • Choose and apply feasible techniques and frameworks for assignments and communication

The students should understand the role of information systems and information technology in organizations and society. They should also be able to reflect upon ethical issues concerning information security and privacy.


Compulsory reading
Laudon, Kenneth C., Jane P. Laudon. 2013. Management information systems : managing the digital firm. 13th ed. Pearson Education
Lynch , Patrick J., Sarah Horton. 2008. Web style guide : basic design principles for creating web sites. 3rd ed. Yale University Press. Ch. 1-7. Free online-version at www.webstyleguide.com. Useful resource for the term paper.
Osterwalder, Alexander and Yves Pigneur. 2010. Business model generation : a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers. Wiley. The part we use in the course is available as a free download.

Reading package of selected papers and links to other course material will be published on it's learning.

Recommended reading
Friedman, Thomas L. 2009. Hot, flat, and crowded : why the world needs a green revolution - and how we can renew our global future. Release 2.0, updated and expanded ed. Penguin

Course outline
Topic I: The business level issues
  • The role of information systems and information technology in business development and innovation
  • Business models, value creation and information technology
  • Business processes and information technology
  • Globalization, a flat world, and other technology driven trends

Topic II: Information systems and information technology issues
  • How to describe the requirements for an information system
  • Information systems development approaches
  • The requirements specification
  • The information resource - data and data modeling
  • Business processes - process modelling
  • The user interface - structure and principles

Topic III: Personal use of information technology
  • Personalization, communication and knowledge sharing in a world of social media
  • Blogs, wikis, social networks, twitter and other publication channels
  • Information mobility

Computer-based tools
The student will be exposed to a wirde variety of tools for content creation and publication, e.g. blogs, wiki and other social media, during the course.

Learning process and workload
The course includes 27 hours of lectures. In addition there will be learning activities such as group assignments, presentations and feedback.

Participation in teaching sessions
Preparation for teaching sessions, reading literature
Work on term paper
Work on assignments and essay
Average recommended study hours

    1. Individual written essay - Term paper (50% of the final grade)
    All participants shall write-up an analysis of an information system or service. The assignment will be given at the first lecture and must be handed in at the end of term. All participants will use an electronic platform in the writing prosess, and the final version is submittet for grading. The writing process inculdes contrubution to the essays of other students.

    2. Project paper (50% of the final grade)
    The project assigment is a student project that is given at the first lecture, and can be completed individually or in groups of 2-3 students. The hand-in date is set after the teaching sessions.

    Examination code(s)
    ELE 37313 Individual Term paper, counts 50% towards the final grade, 7.5 ECTS
    ELE 37314 Project paper, counts 50% towards the final grade, 7.5 ECTS

    Examination support materials
    All support materials are allowed.
    Examination support materials at written examinations are specified under exam information in our web-based Student Handbook. Please note the use of calculator and dictionary. http://www.bi.edu/studenthandbook/examaids

    Re-sit examination
    A re-sit is held in connection with the next scheduled examination in the course. Students who are taking a new examination must take the course all over including all parts of the assessment.
    As from spring 2014 the weights between Individual Term paper and Project paper has been altered from 30/70 % to 50/50 %. Re-sit examinaitions in the previous version will be offered autumn 2013 and spring 2014.

    Additional information