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Kursusnavn (dansk):The IT Manager as a Business Leader 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):The IT Manager as a Business Leader 
Semester:Efterår 2016 
Udbydes under:Master i it, Software Engineering (sen) 
Omfang i ECTS:7,50 
Min. antal deltagere:20 
Forventet antal deltagere:
Maks. antal deltagere:40 
Formelle forudsætninger:This course is only open for students enrolled to the Master in Software Engineering programme. 
Læringsmål:After the course, participants should be able to:
1) Identify and characterize IT management challenges and opportunities.
2) Describe and apply IT management tools and methods presented in the course literature.
3) Analyze IT management problems of real world and argue different solutions how to ad-dress them.
4) Reflect on the limitations of tools and methods in the course literature. 
Fagligt indhold:The course aims is to train the participants in coping with the challenges and opportunities confront-ing a Chief Information Officer (CIO) in a modern business organization. Participants will get the case background for a large number of realistic problem issues, and will be provided with different tools/methods potentially relevant for addressing the issues.

This course uses the IVK Case Series (see literature list) to examine important issues in IT man-agement through the eyes of Jim Barton, a talented business (i.e., non-technical) manager who is thrust into the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role at a troubled financial services firm. The course follows Barton through challenges, mistakes, travails, and triumphs. We take this journey with him, commenting on and debating his choices and decisions. During his first year as CIO, Barton con-fronts issues related to skill and talent management; IT costs, budgets, value, and chargeback sys-tems; priority setting and financial justification of IT investments; project management; runaway projects and underperforming vendors; security risks and crises; Web 2.0 policies; communications with other senior executives; vendor management; infrastructure standardization; support for inno-vation; and risk management. As Barton encounters these issues, we address them too, through associated readings. As we examine and critique both research and conventional management wisdom on these topics, we’ll derive a framework for managing IT as a business leader. 

This course is offered in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School. Teaching will take place at the IT University - see schedule in TimeEdit. For further details on the course see learnIT.

The course is based on case based-pedagogy, according to the Harvard method in combination with (rare) lectures, guest presentations, workshops and project work in groups.

Participants will have to prepare for case discussion/lectures by reading the IVK chapter as well as other cases to be discussed on that day. Self-study and class discussion should help the partici-pants to advance identification and characterization of IT strategy challenges and opportunities, description of tools and methods, and argumentation for relevance and solutions. 
In the exercises, participants will have to work in groups with analyzing IT strategy problems and applying the tools and methods in the course literature. This will also help the participants reflect on the limitations of the tools and methods. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer:In order to be able to take the exam, the participants have to pass the mandatory assignment of writing (task 1) and presenting (task 2) a report of IT management challenges in a real world com-pany. This report (max 10 pages), which is made individually or in groups, should describe and analyze IT management challenges (within the same company) based on the course literature. The report is handed in at session 10 and presented at the last scheduled sessions. 
Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam)

The examination assignment will consist of a written case analysis in the form of a 72-hour 'take home exam'. The participants will get a case and have to perform an individual analysis of the case.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Main text book:
• Robert D Austin, Richard L Nolan, and Shannon O’Donnell (2016) “The Ad-ventures of an IT Leader”, Harvard Business School Press.
• Niels Bjørn-Andersen (ed.) (2016) “Cases in IT Leadership: CIO Challenges for Innovation and Keeping the Lights on”, Samfundslitteratur.