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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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

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


• 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.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Laudon K.C. and Laudon J.P (2016). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. 

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

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





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


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


The recommended textbook can be freely accessed online using the library services. The cost of the other textbooks is not covered within programme costs. Sufficient loanable copies of the module's textbooks are available in the Hartley Library. Students, however, may wish to purchase the text as appropriate.

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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