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IV2031 Strategic Management of IT 7.5 credits

The Strategic Management of IT course is focusing on the strategic view of the IT function, the role that IT plays in the development of the organization as a whole, and the effective IT management as key aspect of any successful business organization. Due to the higher competition in today’s business environment the managers need more and more knowledge about strategic use of the IT for increasing their business performance and about how their organization could add more business value from the investments in IT.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IV2031 (Spring 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The information systems strategy triangle
  • The strategic use of information resources
  • Strategic information systems for competitive advantage
  • IT strategy
  • Managerial considerations regarding IT architecture and IT infrastructure
  • IT planning for strategic advantage
  • Managing the IT function
  • IT Governance
  • Assessing the value of IT investments
  • Strategic outsourcing

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify the main issues in effective management and use of IT resources.
  • Define the importance of the alignment of IT strategy with business strategies.
  • Analyze the decisions taken in case of strategic information systems planning.
  • Define the critical role that IT Governance plays in how much value an enterprise receives from IT.
  • Assess the value of IT investments.
  • Analyze the strategic issues regarding IT outsourcing.

The students will have also the opportunity to learn and enhance more their knowledge during their team project work by analyzing different case studies related to strategic use of information technology.

Course disposition

Teaching hours = 35 hours (20 hours for lectures+18 hours for team project). The lectures and seminars will be held in English.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligibility for "single-course" students not enrolled in a KTH programme:

    • BSc degree within Business Administration, Economics, 180 ECTS credits (hp) in Technology or Natural Sciences or equivalent and
    • documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.
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Recommended prerequisites

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  • Jerry N. Luftman: Managing the Information Technology Resource: Leadership in the Information Age, Prentice Hall, 2004, 0-13-035126-1
  • Keri E. Pearlson and Carol. S. Saunders: Managing and Using Information Systems. A Strategic Approach (Upplaga: 3ed.), John Wiley & Sons, 2006, 0-471-71538-7

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The examination of the course consists in individual assignments and a team project. The final grade will be based upon the average grade of the individual assignments and the team project (report and presentation).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IV2031

Offered by

ICT/Systems Science (SU)

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Lazar Rusu,, 08-161669

Supplementary information