This course highlights the importance of IS Strategy and architecture in contemporary organisations. Students will gain advanced knowledge of key theories and concepts of strategic use of IS. They will acquire specialised problem-solving skills, being able to conduct a strategic analysis based on accepted frameworks, and to analyse the implications for a companys IT architecture. They shall take responsibility to plan and accomplish an IS strategy process for a case organisation, with a proposed architecture.

Central topics include enterprise architecture, IT strategizing, IT strategy alignment and Business Process Modeling.



The student..

  • is able to describe the key theories of business strategy and competitive advantage
  • is able to describe the theories of alignment between business and IS strategy
  • is able to explain the relationship between IS strategy and IT architecture


The student...

  • is able to conduct a strategic analysis of a case organization
  • is able to analyse case studies, empirical evidence and research into the success and failure of IS strategy
  • is able to evaluate IS strategies for contemporary organizations
  • is able to develop and model enterprise architecture

General competence

The student...

  • is able to suggest and evaluate an IS strategy with the appropriate architecture related to a business case
  • is able to demonstrate how to assess success (or failure) of an IS strategy
  • is able to critically evaluate the socio-technical interventions an IS strategy may inflict on an organization

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Master of Information Systems in Management and Innovation


The course is structured in block mode for four weeks. The first two weeks will be a combination of lectures and presentations in. The two last weeks are for self-study and essay writing.

Anbefalt tidsbruk

Lectures and student guidance: 36 hours

Self-study: 76 hours

Preparation for presentation/discussion in class: 10 hours

Exercise: 28 hours

Assessment 50 hours

Total: 200 hours


Exam type: Individual written home examination

Duration: 2 weeks

Grading scale: Norwegian grading system using the graded scale A - F where A is the best grade, E is the lowest pass grade and F is fail 

Weighting: 100 % of the overall grade 

Support materials: All support materials are allowed


In addition to literature and other teaching material, scheduled teaching and other scheduled learning activities are always part of the syllabus.