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MANG6247 Information Systems Management and Strategy

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to equip students with a useful grounding in information systems (IS) management and strategy. After introducing the characteristics and concepts of systems and IS, the module will provide an overview of strategic planning for IS, and also the important issue of the integration of IS strategies with business objectives. Particular attention will then be paid to the tools and frameworks that are available to assist managers in IS strategic analysis and help them understand the strategic impact of technological trends ranging from social media to cloud computing and big data. Issues surrounding the management of information technology (IT) projects, process improvement, organisational change, and IT outsourcing or offshoring are examined. The principles of data management, as well as data security are also considered.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive overview of Information Systems Management and Strategy. The module will examine the characteristics and concepts of Systems and Information Systems and provide an overview of strategic planning for IS, and also the need to achieve IS and business strategy alignment. The issues surrounding the management of IT projects, process improvement and organisational change will be explored. Internet-associated risks and specific techniques that might be used to protect an e- business against damage or unauthorised access will also be examined.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand what an Information System is and how firms use Information Systems.
  • Discuss the key strategic issues facing managers seeking to deploy and exploit computer-based IS.
  • Comprehend the limitations of strategic planning and be aware of current technological trends and their potential to impact on strategic planning.
  • Understand the human and cultural issues involved in IS implementation and the specific reasons for resistance to IS change.
  • Be aware of major IS security and privacy threats and how these threats can be overcome.
  • Understand the impact of the internet on business and Information Systems strategy.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work in teams, as well as learning independently.
  • Develop problem solving skills/critical thinking by analysing real-world case studies dealing with IS- related issues.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts of information systems management and strategy.
  • Assess critically the significance of IS in the broader context of the organisation and its competitive environment.

Syllabus

• Systems and Information Systems • The relationship between business strategy, IS and IT • Different models for IS strategic analysis • Managing IT Projects, Process Improvement, Organisational Change, IT Outsourcing/Offshoring • Data Security Threats and Management, Privacy, and IS Ethics

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn from a combination of guided reading, lectures, group work and case studies. You will be encouraged to relate your learning to any relevant experience you may have in your current or prior work situations.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Laudon K.C. and Laudon J.P (2014). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. 

Burgelman, R. A., Christensen, C. M., and Wheelwright, S. C (2009). Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation. 

Ward, J., and Peppard, J. (2002). Strategic Planning for Information Systems. 

Turban, E, Volonino, L, Wood, G, Sipior, J, & Gesser, G (2015). Information Technology For Management: Digital Strategies For Insight, Action, And Sustainable Performance. 

Galliers, R., and Leidner, D. (2009). Strategic Information Management: Challenges and Strategies in Managing Information Systems. 

Assessment

Formative

Coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Group report  (3000 words) 50%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Individual assignment  (3000 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Individual assignment  (3000 words) 50%
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