The course aims to prepare future managers to handle the emergence of Information Technology (IT) Innovation at the workplace in a responsible way. Rather than building a technology stack and then exploring the potential applications, organizations must consider the business and human context first. Trends do not exist in isolation. IT leaders must decide what combination of the trends will drive the most innovation and strategy. Congruently, the implementation of new Information Technologies has to be carefully assessed, controlled and risks have to be mitigated. This preferably aligning business and IT functions. However, with the fast pace of new emerging technological trends, and rising competition companies often embrace new technologies without always considering its impact carefully. Indeed, technological innovations are creating momentum affecting the organizational agility and potentially transforming businesses’ ecosystem. By digital transformation we mean the combined effects of several digital innovations bringing about novel actors (and actor constellations), structures, practices, values, and beliefs that change, threaten, replace or complement existing rules of the game within organizations, ecosystems, industries or fields. Digital transformation is intrinsically linked to disruptive and sustained innovations (e.g., product, process, marketing and organizational). There is a critical need for novel theorizing on digital innovation management that deals more adequately with the rapidly changing nature of innovation processes in a digital world. The course will address to theories of innovation, digital innovation and transformation. It will focus on the existing theories, strategies, costs and benefits for organizations to foster technological innovations breakthrough. Additionally, the societal impacts will be considered and analyzed as constituents of the business decision-making process.
The goal of this course is to first understand theoretically and practically the concept of innovation and digital transformation. Second, students should be able to exploit their learning experience at the workplace, being mindful in their decision-making when concerned with digital innovation and transformation. Consequences and impacts on organization, business and society will be investigated using “socially responsible IT lenses” through the whole course. Theories will be studied in class and put in practice through the development of a research proposal based on a new digital innovation trends (e.g., hyperautomatization, distributed cloud, human augmentation, practical blockchain). The course requires innovative and participative contribution from the students in the field of Information Technology and Management. The students are proposed to select amongst a list of topics relating to contemporary IT challenges and will in small groups empirically investigate and designing a research proposal related to the topic chosen answering structured set of questions. Guest speakers will present and reflect on the nature of these challenges for their organization.|
Grade: 70% individual table exam; 30% Team assignment
Literature: List of selected mandatory and extra readings are accessible under the Canvas organized per subsection