IN4270 – Digital Business Development
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course focuses on strategic and operational business development in technology-based companies. Through case discussions, theory exploration and interaction with companies the student will attain an understanding and appreciation of the challenges in managing high-tech organisations in rapidly developing technology environments.
After taking this course, the student will:
- Understand how digital technology and innovation changes business models and industry structures
- Understand the challenges involved in formulating strategic change and adapting an organisation to external technological change, particularly disruptive change
- Be able to analyse technology-rich and complicated business cases and recommend strategic initiatives, including disruptive innovations and new technology strategies
- Be able to orally present and discuss key issues, such as strategic options, obstacles to innovation, data-driven decision making
- Be familiar with critical reflection and thinking, developing technology and strategic insight
- Understand the social, ethical and environmental implications of new technologies, particularly algorithmically driven business evolution
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Students in the Master`s program Informatics: Digital Economics and Leadership will prioritized.
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended to have taken at least 30 credits in business courses prior to this course, such as INEC1800 – Economics, Finance and Accounting, INEC1810 – Markets, Marketing and Product Development, INEC1820 – Organisasjon og ledelse, INEC1831 – Strategi
2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of lectures/assignment training per week.
The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, visits to companies, case analysis, and case discussion. Students will form groups to produce a graded final term paper on a self-chosen topic and develop the paper during the course. Individual term paper writing is strongly discouraged.
80% attendance of the lectures is mandatory. Completion of mandatory attendance is required in order to pass the course.
The course grade is based on the following assessments:
- a term paper to be written in groups of two or three, on a self-chosen topic decided in collaboration with the course leader: 60%
- two individual assignments (in writing or presentation): 20% each
In addition, 80% attendance of lectures is required in order to pass the course.
All parts of the exam and the attendance must be passed, and passed in the same semester, to pass the course.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.