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Course module: 320124-M-6
IT Governance and Strategic Sourcing
Course info
Course module320124-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 Information Management
prof. dr. X. Ou
Other course modules lecturer
M.E.M. van Wingerde, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/08/2019 up to and including 18/10/2019
The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth coverage of IT governance, digital transformation and strategic sourcing topics from an integrative perspective of business and IT. 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, digital transformation, and strategic sourcing 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 and strategic sourcing 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 strategic sourcing;
  • Apply, analyze, evaluate, design IT governance frameworks for digital transformation and strategic sourcing;
  • Synthesize the knowledge about IT governance and strategic sourcing from academic papers, discussion sessions and practice;
  • Evaluate a business problem and then apply it at the organizational level and design solutions.
The final grade is based on two components:
  • Assignments, 40% of the final grade;
  • Written exam, 60% of the final grade.
  • IT governance matrix;
  • COBIT;
  • IT Governance and digital transformation the organizational, national and societal levels;
  • Strategic sourcing theories and practices;
  • Guest talks from companies;
  • Learning by example and case study;
  • Group work and class discussion;
Type of instructions
Lectures, Guest Talks, and Tutorials

Type of exams
Written exam (60%); Assignments (40%)

Compulsory Reading
  1. Weill, P., & J.W. Roos, IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, 2004.
  2. Reader made available in class
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
prof. dr. X. Ou
Timetable information
IT Governance and Strategic Sourcing
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Exam (60%) / Exam (60%)EXAM_01BLOK 1123-10-2019
Exam (60%) / Exam (60%)EXAM_01BLOK 1220-12-2019
Required materials
Recommended materials
Exam (60%)

Final Result

Assignments (40%)

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