University of Technology Sydney

31245 Business Process and IT Strategy

6cp; 3hpw; 1.5hpw (lecture), 1.5hpw (tutorial)
Requisite(s): 31276 Networked Enterprise Architecture OR 31257 Information System Development Methodologies
Anti-requisite(s): 31736 Business Processes and IT Strategy



This subject introduces students to the uses of information technology (IT) as a strategic resource that enables business processes and strategies. A major concern of businesses is the search for competitive advantage and how to best leverage IT resources and align them with business goals to achieve competitive advantage. For IT managers, this raises a number of complex issues to understand and manage. These issues relate to the roles of IT and IT strategy in enabling business processes and generating business benefits. In this subject, theories and methods related to the value of IT are presented and explored. Students learn and discuss business and strategy processes that lead to learning organisations that can achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

Business processes and IT strategy are key concerns for business and IT managers. Managing information is a critical skill for success in today's business environment. Managers need to know about their organisation's capabilities and uses of information resources. This subject aims to provide a foundation to help general business managers become knowledgeable participants in decision-making processes related to information systems (IS). Critically reviewing the contributions of IS resources in businesses and organisational settings establishes a contextual understanding of how IS permeates many aspects of business.

Through case studies this subject reinforces material provided in lectures and tutorials, additional research, and prior knowledge while giving groups of students scope to enhance their problem-solving, critical thinking and organisational skills as well as peer learning. The subject stresses the development and assessment of real-world experience through applied and innovative tasks and with team effort. Students develop the knowledge and skills required for using and managing information within an organisation as well as management and communication skills.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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