Information Resource Management


Degree Course MSc
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Paula Swatman
Contact hours per week 2
Grading Written exam
Language of instruction English
Room L 9, 1-2 - 004
Time Tuesday, 15:30-18:45 h, April 21 - May 26, 2009
Registration not required
Office hours by appointment
Additional information


An introduction to information technology strategy and management considerations including: governance models for organisational IS, processes of strategy formulation and implementation, current issues in IT management, quality assurance, modern management and planning strategies, equity and ethical issues relating to or resulting from IT.

Learning objectives

To develop an understanding of the role of strategic management of IT, particularly in relation to evaluating emerging technology and trends and adopting a critical approach to strategic decisions.

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe strategic management issues associated with corporate use of computer-based information systems
  • Propose strategies for managing IT in private and public sector organisations that respond to emerging technologies and business opportunities
  • Discuss the strategic role of IT in an organisation and its alignment with business objectives
  • Review trends in the organisational use of IS that affect IS policy development
  • Evaluate strategic management proposals and implementation
  • Identify human resource, equity and ethical issues in the management of Information Technology and Systems


Text Book:

  • Applegate L, Austin RD and McFarlan FW (2007) Corporate Information Strategy and Management: Text and Cases, (7th Edition) McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0072947756


  • Avison DE and Fitzgerald G (2003). Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools, (3rd edition), McGraw-Hill: UK
  • Cadle J and Yeates D (2001). Project management for information systems, (3rd edition), Prentice Hall: NJ
  • Humphrey W S (1989) Managing the software process, Addison-Wesley: UK.
  • Laudon K C and Laudon J P (2004). Management information systems: managing the digital firm, (8th edition), Prentice-Hall: NJ
  • Luftman JN, Bullen CV, Liao D, Nash E and Neumann C (2004) Managing the Information Technology Resource: Leadership in the Information Age, New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc
  • McLeod G and Smith D (1996). Managing information technology projects, Boyd & Fraser, ITP Publishing Company: USA
  • McManus J and Wood-Harper T (2003). Information systems project management: methods, tools and techniques, Financial Times Prentice Hall: UK
  • Turban E, McLean E and Wetherbe J (2002). Information technology for management, (3rd edition), Wiley: USA