The final session will focus on how changes in information technology can affect the market as a whole. The aim of the session is to give you an insight into the recursive relationship between developments in information technology, business strategy and the broader context of the formation of strategy.
By the end of this session you should have:
Having looked at the relationship between IT and strategy within and between firms, we now move on to look at the role that IT and IS play in shaping strategy at the global level.
We will begin by looking at what we mean by globalization and the reasons behind it and then go on to consider how organizations have changed their structure because of this. We will then look at the contribution that IT can make to business strategy at the global level in more detail by looking at the notion of digital ecosystems.
As this is the last session in this course, we will end by looking back at some of the topics that we covered in the earlier sessions and forward to some of the social and ethical dimensions to the topic. By the time we have finished this session, we should have come full circle and returned to re-examine many of the issues we looked at in the first session but should now be able to look at these same issues with a more informed and more critical gaze.
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As with all of the sessions in this segment of the course, I have chosen some reading for you from the Harvard Business review in addition to the text books for the course. The link to the articles (with a short summary of each) can be found below:
You may also find the following of use:
There is a set of self assessment questions to go with this session. The goal of this session was give you an insight into the recursive relationship between developments in information technology, business strategy and the context of the formation of strategy. The self assessment questions are there to help you to think about some of the issues that were raised during this session. There are no right and wrong answers, the questions are there for you, not as part of a formal assessment.
The notes for this session are available as a presentation (in pdf format) - lecture notes for session 6.