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Course module: 320093-M-6
Enterprise Governance and Digital Transformation
Course info
Course module320093-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Communication and Information Sciences
M Information Management
Contact personprof. dr. X. Ou
prof. dr. X. Ou
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prof. dr. X. Ou
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Academic year2018
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RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 14/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Information Technologies (IT) are developing at a dizzying pace, and the boundaries between all kinds of information carriers are becoming increasingly blurred. The most important question facing firms now is what all that information, intelligence and technology means in terms of their business strategies for a sustainable competitive position, for products and services, their customers, their sales markets and their partners in business chains and how to govern them. Organizations have therefore to develop strategies to mitigate risks and strengthen their position while facing ongoing digital transformation. The course revolves around those themes, and is based on the evolving insights from visionary sources, as well as practical case studies.
The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth coverage of IT governance and transformation topics from an integrative perspective of business IT, and audit. Specifically, IT governance can be defined as the effective framework of leadership, organizational structures and processes that ensure that the organization's IT sustains and extends the organization's strategies and objectives. The motivations for organizations to implement effective IT governance include both regulatory compliance and economic benefits. Thus, it is critical to integrate the business, IT management and audit in the governance process, covering both internal and external parties as well as inter-organization or units.
The predominant approach for this course is "Learning by example", i.e. demonstrating the IT governance frameworks, process, and discussing their strategic application and impact on businesses and organization. However, by extrapolating examples, students are prompted to "think through" and develop their own analytical and creative skills. This is emphasized by group discussion and case presentation during the course.
In summary, after completing this course students should be able to:
  • Design IT governance frameworks by integrating business, information technology, and audit;
  • Unravel the reasons of failure at the organizational, business and societal level;
  • Apply, analyze, evaluate, design IT governance frameworks for digital transformation;
  • Synthesize the research on collaborative governance;
  • Synthesize the knowledge about IT governance from academic papers, discussion sessions and practice;
  • Evaluate a societal problem and then apply it at the organizational level and design solutions.
The final grade is based on three components:
  • A class presentation by a group of maximum 5 students, 10% of the final grade;
  • A group paper of maximum 5 students, 30% of the final grade;
  • Written exam, 60% of the final grade.
  • IT governance matrix;
  • SOX and COSO;
  • COBIT;
  • IT governance and audit;
  • Collaborative governance;
  • IT Governance and digital transformation the organizational, national and societal levels;
  • Guest talks from practitioners;
  • Learning by example and case study;
  • Group work and class discussion;
Type of instructions
Lectures and Assignments
Type of exams
Written exam (60%), group paper (30%), case presentation (10%)

Compulsory Reading
  1. Yin, R.K., Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods), SAGE Publications, Inc., 2013. 5th Edition
  2. Weill, P., & J.W. Roos, IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, 2004.
  3. COSO Framework, available at
  4. COBIT Framework for IT Governance and Control, available at
  5. BASEL, II & III, available at
  6. Reader made available in class
Timetable information
320093-M-6|Enterpr.Governance & Dig.Transformation
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 1119-10-2018
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 1210-01-2019
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