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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Managers at any level who use IT to address business problems and investments.

Critical thinking of conceptual and practical issues.

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Discover how to align IT investment decisions with the goals and strategies of the organization.

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    Evaluate individual IT investments and learn how to incorporate risk into IT investment decisions.

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    Evaluate a portfolio of IT investments and learn how to charge users for IT investments.

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    Learn different levers firms can use to increase adoption of IT innovation and how IT systems may require different strategies for implementation.

Skills you will gain

ManagementIT Skills and KnowledgeFinance and accounting skills and knowledge
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Managers at any level who use IT to address business problems and investments.

Critical thinking of conceptual and practical issues.

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

IT Alignment

Firms make significant investments in IT. However, the returns from these investments are varied. In this module we will learn how to align IT investment decisions with the goals and strategies of the organization....
Reading
15 videos (Total 118 min), 1 quiz
Video15 videos
Course Project Introduction3m
1.1-1 Personal Introduction3m
1.1-2 Course Overview16m
1.1-3 IT Alignment Part 16m
1.1-4 IT Alignment Part 29m
1.1-5 IT Alignment Part 36m
1.2-1 A Framework for IT Governance5m
1.2-2 Who Makes the Decisions9m
1.2-3 How IT Decisions are Made9m
1.3-1 Key Principles and Practices5m
1.3-2 Operating Model and Enterprise Architecture6m
1.3-3 Application Silo Stage10m
1.3-4 Implications of Enterprise Stages7m
1.4-1 Module 1 Summary9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1: IT Alignment Quiz15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Evaluating IT Investments

In this module we will learn how to evaluate individual IT investments. Large IT investments face significant risks. In this module we will also learn about how to incorporate risk in the IT investment decision....
Reading
14 videos (Total 112 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
2.1-1b Net Profit Value Part 14m
2.1-1c Net Profit Value Part 210m
2.1-1d Net Proft Value Part 36m
2.1-1e Net Profit Value Part 410m
2.1-2 Evaluating IT Investments Part 25m
2.1-3 Evaluating IT Investments Part 36m
2.1-4 Evaluating IT Investments Part 411m
2.2-1 Incorporating Risk in IT Investment Evaluation Part 16m
2.2-2 Incorporating Risk in IT Investment Evaluation Part 210m
System Implementation Problem8m
System Implementation Problem Analysis8m
2.2-3 Incorporating Risk in IT Investment Evaluation Part 37m
2.3-1 Module 2 Summary8m
Reading3 readings
Discounted Cash Flow of Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS)10m
Business Process Improvement at Concete Co. Cemex Article10m
System Implementation Problem Description5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2: Evaluating IT Investments Part I Quiz15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Evaluating IT Investments (Continued)

A firm may make multiple IT investments in a given year. In this module we will learn how to evaluate a portfolio of IT investments. In this module we will also learn about how to charge users for IT investments....
Reading
7 videos (Total 54 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.1-2 Characteristics of Different IT Asset Classes5m
3.1-3 Strategic Orientation and Portfolio Management8m
3.2-1 IT Chargeback6m
3.2-2 Compare Alternative Approaches to IT Chargeback10m
3.2-3 Explore Implications of IT Chargeback8m
3.3-1 Module 3 Summary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3: Evaluating IT Investments Part II Quiz15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Change Management

Firms don’t derive value from IT investments, if users don’t adopt new IT systems. In this module we learn the different levers firms can use to increase the adoption of IT innovation. We will also learn how different IT systems may require different strategies for the implementation of IT systems....
Reading
6 videos (Total 49 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
4.1-2 Different Models of User Adoption5m
4.1-3 Different Levers for Affecting User Adoption9m
4.2-1 Project Management vs. Learning Approach8m
4.2-2 Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Change7m
4.3-1 Module 4 Summary8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4: Change Mangement Quiz15m

Instructor

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Gautam Ray

Associate Professor
Carlson School of Management, Information and Decision Sciences

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

About the Information​ ​Systems Specialization

This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles and practices of Information Systems Management. The first course describes how Information Systems address business problems. This takes the form of an IT alignment model that describes how Information Systems provide capabilities that enable or support organizational strategy. This component also includes an economic analysis of the Information System. The second course in the specialization entails the practice of modeling information systems. The goal of this course is to describe the Information System defined in the first course, so that the Information System can be developed. The third course provides an overview of the capabilities of modern enterprise systems. The goal of this course is to understand the capabilities of enterprise systems, so that the firm can decide if the requirement identified in the second course can be met by an enterprise system. Managerial aspects related to the selection and implementation of enterprise systems will also be discussed. The fourth course in the specialization describes the IT infrastructure choices available to a modern enterprise and the tradeoffs associated with each alternative. Any large Information System implementation is a significant organizational change initiative that requires careful stewardship. All the courses will deal with the issue of change management and discuss strategies and approaches for achieving a successful implementation....
Information​ ​Systems

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