IT Management in the Digital Age (IS 512)


Degree Course Master's program
Lecturer Prof Sunil Mithas, Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Grading tbd
ECTS Credits 6
Language of Instruction English
Time and Rooms Lecture (block): 23.5.2017 8:30-10:00 (O148) 12:00-15:15 (A5 B144) ; 24.5.2017 13.45-18.45 (SO108); 26.5.2017 08:30-18:45 (O148).
Office Hours By appointment
Additional Information This course is limited to 80 participants. There is an Ilias group for this lecture which contains all additional materials. You can register by selecting the lecture in the Portal. Afterwards, you can access all materials via


Information technology (IT) is changing our society and the world of business. It is difficult to think of any business process or functional area that is unaffected by IT in contemporary firms. All conscientious managers, particularly those who are or aspire to be leaders, have a duty to manage all resources including IT resources which are becoming increasingly critical for success in a responsible and thoughtful manner. Regardless of their current functional affiliation or career goals, managers’ future success will critically depend on how they lead and direct IT-enabled strategic changes.
This course introduces some of the key issues in managing IT. It provides an overview of IT systems in contemporary firms and how they enable and support a firm’s strategic and operational goals. By understanding how IT is shaping industry structure and the competitive environment and how to engage in IT-related decision making and governance, managers can craft superior strategies and use IT as a lever to innovate and transform for competitive success.
Class will meet for 3 days (about 6 hours per day) in the week of 21 May 2017.

Syllabus is here: Opens external link in new windowSyllabus

Aim of Module

After taking this course, students should be able to:
• propose and explain how to synchronize IT and business strategy, how to use IT as a lever for transformation, and how to evaluate new technologies for their sustaining and disruptive potential as an incumbent, entrepreneur or investor
• evaluate governance of decision rights related to IT, organization of IT department, allocation and justification of IT dollars, articulate and assess the business value of IT and justify IT projects, and outsourcing of IT and other business processes
• explain how to manage IT infrastructure and applications to support strategy and business processes


Mithas: Digital Intelligence: What Every Smart Manager Must Have for Success in an Information Age

A list with selected literature will be distributed in classes.