Education

The establishment of Swedish Center for Digital Innovation has accelerated the incorporation of research results into the classroom. The center is devoted to teaching in the educational programs of the department of applied information technology at the University of Gothenburg, the department of entrepreneurship, innovation and digitalization at Stockholm School of Economics, and, the department of informatics at Umeå University .

As examples can be mentioned the IT Management Master Program at Umeå University, and the Digital Leadership Master Program at the University of Gothenburg.

We are also devoted to collaborate with industry through executive educational programs.

At present, SCDI is involved in the following courses at the three universities:

Governance and Control for Digital Capabilities

The masters course covers issues related to governance and control. The course consists of a first section where the students are introduced to cutting edge research into governance and control, with the intent of finding general themes and directions for future design of governance and control for enhanced digital capabilities in primarily large organizations. The second part of the course is applied, where the students are introduced as research assistants/consultants in an organization that is experiencing difficulties with its current governance and control. The students assignment is to improve governance and control for the organization in question.

Course syllabus. 

Organising for Digital transformation

Leading digital change requires leadership that reaches beyond formulaic IT management and ‘best practice’ recipes. Preparing for the changes that digitalisation means, demands an ability to understand the relationship between leadership, employees, structure, culture and vision, ie the human aspects of organizing.

This course provides students with a broad understanding of technological changes, digital transformation and organizational change, as well as how change can be managed. Theory is compared and contrasted with case studies from industry and public sector. The focus is on the practical application of theory, where students are trained to independently analyze theory and concrete situations of ongoing activities and their individual experiences of change. An underlying aim of this course is to develop the students’ capabilities to effectively analyze and jointly solve complex challenges related to digital transformation and change.

Course syllabus. 

Digital Infrastructure

The course develops students’ knowledge about the role of socio-technical infrastructure in the digitalization of society, services and products. In particular, it focuses on how such digital infrastructures create opportunities and limitations, leading to both expected and unexpected consequences. The course will also develop students’ ability to take a leading role in designing and exploring the use of digital infrastructures.

The course has a strong theoretical foundation, combined with a distinct design perspective. This focus ensures that students develop skills in analyzing and developing future digital infrastructures for digital innovation.

The course is theoretically anchored in several domains, including but not limited to information systems, anthropology and design. The design perspective is based on design thinking and participatory design. The course also includes guest lectures from commercial organizations and public authorities, involved in digital infrastructure development. The course ends with a project where the students, based on a scenario- based approach and design fictions, elaborate on the challenges of digital infrastructures development.

Course syllabus. 

Innovation Strategy for the Digital Economy

This course focuses on the different challenges facing industrial organizations as they seek to capitalize on digital technology. The course provides in-depth knowledge of inherent tensions, similarities and differences that exists between traditional industrial innovation and digital innovation and also the understanding of fundamental properties of digital technology. Furthermore, the course also provides skills and ability to analyze, design and evaluate alternative strategies for building sustainable digital innovation practices in industrial settings.

Course syllabus. 

Enterprise Systems

The course consists of a theoretical part and of a project. In the theoretical part, the course material is treated at literature seminars with presentation and discussion. Fields which are highlighted more specifically are:

  • the role of the enterprise systems in organisations and how enterprise systems are used to implement strategies in practical control, follow up and sustainability issues
  • understanding of management control solutions in organisations
  • terms of enterprise systems and concepts based on a system development perspective
  • enterprise systems in the public sector
  • implementation of enterprise systems for efficiency improvement and processes and logical improvements of information flows

In the project, a basic understanding is given for what an enterprise system looks like and analysis of how a company uses enterprise systems to support enterprise processes and the management of the company. As part of the project, laboratory sessions are made by means of enterprise systems.

In both of the course modules orientation about current research and trends in the subject area of enterprise systems are given, particularly concerning methodologies and frameworks.

Course syllabus. 

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence solutions are a specific class of computerized Information Systems that supports business and organizational decision-making activities. A properly designed BI is an interactive software-based system intended to help decision makers compile useful information from raw data, documents, personal knowledge, and/or business models to identify and solve problems and make decisions. In this course, the development in Business Intelligence, Knowledge-based Systems, Neural Networks and Group Support Systems will be examined. The course has a focus in design and in development of efficient decision support systems. Real cases and different system tools are used in class to discuss, how BI should be applied in the management of organisations.

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IT Management, Control and Strategy

The course introduces theories about social processes, change and management in organisations. Further, the course treats specific theories of change in connection with development and introduction of information systems. The course is taught through lectures, seminars and group assignment.

Course syllabus. 

Pocket MBA Digital Leadership

The one-week intensive commissioned study program is targeted towards CIOs in the public and private sectors. During the program, the participants are exposed to cutting-edge research packaged for direct application. The program was initiated in 2017 and is available per request.

EMBA Digital Leadership

This module of the Gothenburg University School of Executive Education Executive MBA program involves two days of intense studies by the participants. It covers issues related to how organisations should organise, lead and govern in times of digital disruption.

For additional information on the Executive MBA.

Digital business and government

In the course, the areas covered are “Digital business” and “Digital Government”, its development, importance and applications and the information technique that underlies this. Both fields are aspects of Internet-based activities. The course gives an overview of the organizational and social changes that coincide with the sustainable spread of the organisations.

Digital Business is simply to utilise Internet and belonging technologies to influence many parts in a business. Internet-based operations changes how business can be conducted both locally and globally, how they can be organized and how companies interact. In this, markets with suppliers and customers are included.

Digital Government implies a holistic perspective on use of information technology in the public sector and other activities related to social systems, such as electronic services, e-democracy and electronic infrastructures in contexts where customer and market conditions coexist with digital government.

Course syllabus.