University of Technology Sydney

21958 Leading Technological Disruption

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 3 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

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This subject develops approaches to analysing strategies for managing a range of disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality (VR)/ augmented reality (AR), rapid genetic sequencing and editing, reusable rocket launch vehicles, 5G and renewable energy. The impact of these technologies and how they can lead to the creation of new business models is illustrated through cases from different industries including computing, communications, electronics, digital, biotechnology, transport and pharmaceuticals. This subject equips students with an integrated set of tools and techniques for managing technological disruptions including roadmapping, blue ocean canvas and scenario planning.

Students also explore a range of visualisation techniques for presenting data and insights to diverse audiences with a view of building understanding and effecting change. The ethical implications of new technologies is also addressed.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of a range of disruptive technologies and their implications on organisations, industry sectors and societies
2. demonstrate knowledge and skills to develop strategies and approaches to manage disruptive technologies by creating new business models
3. apply a range of visual design tools to present complex data and insights to diverse audiences

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject introduces students to a range of technologies currently disrupting existing business models and organisational practices. In doing so, the subject will develop students understanding of the nature of these technologies and how they can be harnessed to create new value and innovative business models. In addition, students will develop their skills in presenting complex data through activities and assessments.

Teaching and learning strategies

Teaching strategies will include a mix of historical cases demonstrating how technological disruptions have been managed, and their consequences, and current examples/cases discussing new technologies and how these are adopted and managed in organisations, both reactively and proactively.

Content (topics)

  1. Nature and impact of new technologies
  2. Approaches for identifying and managing new technologies
  3. Historical and current cases on disruptive technologies and key insights for today’s managers including ethical implications
  4. Tools and techniques for managing disruptive technologies either as an incumbent or a challenger
  5. Visualisation methods and techniques


Assessment task 1: Disruptive technology case study: Presentation*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Assessment task 2: Business Modelling: Final Report


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

No specific textbook. A range of resources will be compiled including academic and non-academic publications, LinkedIn Learning courses, TED talks, documentaries, movies, podcasts etc.


Anthony, Scott D. 2016. "Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology." Harvard Business Review Online.