IN4270 – Digital Business Development

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.

It is recommended to have taken at least 30 credits in business courses prior to this course, such as INEC1800 – Economics, Finance and Accounting (discontinued), INEC1810 – Markets, Marketing and Product Development, INEC1820 – Organization and Management (continued)/IN1821, 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.

Grading scale

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 24, 2022 1:21:06 AM

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