ORG505 IT support of strategic decision processes
What is strategy, and what is a strategic decision process?
What is technology, and what is information technology (IT)?
Can IT/information systems be a strategic resource in a strategy process?
Can IT/information systems improve strategic decisions (individual level)?
Methods relevant for IT and strategy research.
Can IT/information systems improve strategic decisions (group/team level)?
The organisation as a strategic instrument.
The starting point of the course is the following question: "Can IT contribute to improvement of strategic decision processes, and - if so - how?"
Strategic decisions are of vital importance for organisational performance. They bind resources and often involve a heavy investment. Essential characteristics are that they are complex and perceived as "unstructured", i.e. badly understood. One of the reasons is that strategic decisions are usually one-time decisions. Furthermore, they are often related to the handling of ever-changing environments, and therefore involve a high degree of uncertainty. Strategic decisions and their implementation are primarily a top management task, but employees play an essential part in the decision-making processes as well.
The purpose of the course is to enhance the participants' understanding of relevant theories for handling complexity and uncertainty in strategic decision tasks, and to help them solve methodological problems related to the study of strategic decision processes. Furthermore, an essential aim of the course is to assist the participants in developing a set of skills useful for improving strategic decision-making.
In the course we present central theories of how individuals and groups (teams) handle complex problem and decision situations under uncertainty. Furthermore, we present theories of how individuals and groups can increase their capacity to handle complexity and uncertainty. We particularly emphasise a critical discussion of how such theories can contribute to the improvement of strategic decision-making, and how information technology can support learning and decision processes in order to improve the quality of the decisions and their implementation.
Intensively - guided reading course.
Not regularly offered. Information will be updated if teaching resources are determined.
Grading: Pass / fail
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
- English if participants do not speak one of the Scandinavian languages.