University of Technology Sydney

32145 Commercial Environment of IT

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UTS: Information Technology: Information, Systems and Modelling
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

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This subject places local IT industries within the local and global economic context. Topics covered include the history, direction and structure of the global IT industry; typical IT activities such as marketing, support, hardware and software production; various organisation models for IT supply, such as in-house development, contracting and outsourcing; legal and ethical issues; the local economy in the global environment; and local IT opportunities. Local economies covered are Australian and two or three other economies that may be of interest to the majority of students.

Required texts

There are no compulsory texts.


BPM Sharwood, S. (2008). "Attack of the killer Bs." MIS (Financial Review), from 20080701000020820635&title=Attack+of+the+killer+Bs. CRM Raab, G., R. A. Ajami, et al. (2008). Customer Relationship Management, Ashgate. ERP Huigang, L., X. Yajiong, et al. (2004). "Why Western vendors don't dominate China's ERP market." Commun. ACM Retrieved 7, 47, from Innovation King, A. (2008, 19 Feb). "Lagging the World in ICT." BRW, from Morris, C. (2008, April 08). "Seeds of disruption." MIS (Financial Review) Retrieved 3, 17, from
file://C%3A%2FDocuments%20and%20Settings%2Fhintz%2FLocal%20Settings%2FTemporary%20Internet%20Files%2FContent.IE5%2FEHG7N0QY%2Fviewer%5B1%5D. various. (2008). "Innovation." wikipedia, from Intellectual Property Matt, E. T. and E. P. David (2007). "[Software patents] The good, the bad, and the messy." Commun. ACM 50(10): 47-52. Umesh, U. N., J. Len, et al. (2007). "[Getting ideas to market] Current issues faced by technology entrepreneurs." Commun. ACM 50(10): 60-66. Offshore Erran, C. and A. Pamela. (2007). "Why 'nearshore' means that distance matters." Commun. ACM Retrieved 10, 50, from Professional Attributes Maxwell, M. A. (2008, April 2008). "IT professional idol." MIS (Financial Review) Retrieved 3, 17, from Vicki, R. M., D. W. Darryl, et al. (2008). "Women and men in the IT profession." Commun. ACM Retrieved 2, 51, from

Other resources

Applegate, L. M., R. D. Austin, et al. (2003). Corporate Information Strategy and Management Text and Cases. (6th Ed.). New York, McGraw-Hill. Applegate, L. M., R D Austin, et al. (2002). Creating Business Advantage in the Information Age. New York, McGraw-Hill. Harrison, N. and D. Samson (2002). Technology Management. Text and International Cases. New York, McGraw-Hill.