363-0425-00L  Transformation: Corporate Development and IT

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Gutzwiller
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


363-0425-00 GTransformation: Corporate Development and IT
Irregular lecture, takes place online via Zoom (recorded).

The lecturer will communicate the exact lesson times of ONLINE courses.
30s hrs
Mon12:00-18:00ON LI NE »
T. Gutzwiller

Catalogue data

AbstractThe lecture treats the main challenges of business transformation and the alignment of corporate development and IT activities. It presents a holistic approach to business transformation projects by introducing an integrated model dealing with three main design areas "strategy", "processes" and "information systems" and applying this model to various case studies.
ObjectiveThe goal of the lecture is to understand the main challenges of corporate transformation and to demonstrate the application of a holistic project procedure model for corporate transformation projects with special emphasis on the alignment of business and IT.

The student should understand and be able to explain

• the main reasons for corporate transformation,
• the relevant management processes to manage corporate transformation,
• the interdependencies between strategy, processes and information systems, especially how this three levels interrelate,
• the critical success factors for the successful accomplishment of large scale corporate transformation projects,
• the main instruments of project, quality and change management and
• the different types of resulting IT projects.
ContentThe globalization of the world leads to an increasingly faster pace in business transformation. Enterprises have to adapt faster and even faster to the environmental changes in a global economy to remain competitive and to make sure they stay in business. In today’s information age this does not only mean to adapt business strategy and business processes but also to adapt information systems to the new circumstances. The fast adaptation trough large scale corporate transformation projects that change strategy, business processes and information systems is critical to ensure competitiveness for tomorrow. The introduction of new business processes and information systems typically takes years in very complex large scale projects. Many projects fail because of insufficient alignment between decision makers in business and IT. Unclear understanding of the overall project scope, undefined roles and responsibilities, unclear project processes, quality problems and resistance to change are some typical problems found in such projects. The lecture is subdivided into following modules:

• Corporate development – introduction and motivation,
• Parallelization of corporate development and complexity reduction,
• Planning process and project portfolio management in corporate development,
• Management of large scale projects – integration of strategy, processes and information systems,
• Quality management in large scale projects,
• Project management in large scale projects,
• Change management within projects. The lecture is accompanied by four case studies that are used to exemplify the contents of the lecture by applying the concepts to real situations in corporate life.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersT. Gutzwiller
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationWritten exam. Written aids: Students can bring their own summaries of the lecture material with them. Length restriction is 10 A4 sheets with text/pictures on both sides (20 pages). The summary must be completely handwritten, printed summaries are not allowed. Exam form and language: Multiple choice questions in English.

The exam will take place at 18.12.2023. Time to be announced.

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Offered in

Management, Technology and Economics MasterSupply Chain and Information SystemsWInformation
MAS in Management, Technology, and EconomicsInformation and Operations ManagementW+Information