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Managing the Digital Business


Admission requirements



ICT has become an integral element of almost any business and affects everyone’s personal life. The breakneck speed at which new technology comes onto the market, creates a highly complex development to manage. CIO’s are expected to pursue the latest opportunities to keep their companies stay ahead in competitive markets, but need to balance such agility with thorough consideration for the capabilities of their organizations.

This set of lectures addresses 6 important areas for CIO’s and their strategic advisors:

  • Planning instruments and methods for Business-IT Analysis

  • The impact of technological change on businesses

  • Blurring boundaries of the corporation

  • Executive and Operational Management of IT

  • From Harmonization to Consolidation

  • Investing for growth, the value of IT

The course considers the challenge for IT from a business perspective, either externally driven by economical, technological or societal drivers or internally driven such as management directives for better executive or operational control or focus.
The course makes extensive use of the latest publications in this area through web references and applicable articles. Topical developments in the business world that bear relevance to the subject matter might be included for discussion on an ad-hoc basis.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, the student should:

  • Be able to understand and apply business models and the translation in ICT strategy and plans

  • Be cognizant of economical, technological and societal forces of change on ICT in a company

  • Be familiar with the issues around IT as investment and its perceived value


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

6 Lectures (3 hours each). Extensive use will be made of an interactive platform

Assessment method

Weekly assignments will involve reading prescribed article, searching material on the Internet and occasionally interviewing practitioners in companies. This is partly group work, partly individual. Participation in class and on the interactive platform will be taken into account for the final grade.
The final exam will consist of a major, written assignment. The deadline for this assignment will be 2 weeks after finishing of the lectures.

Grading for this course is based on:

  • participation: 10%

  • homework/team assignments: 35%

  • final review paper: 55%


Managing the Digital Business

Reading list

  • The presentations and background articles will be available on Blackboard

  • References to books will be provided during the lectures, but purchase is not essential

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is a limited capacity for elective students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator.

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M