Full time 9 Month(s)
Taught by experts from both the Management School and the School of Computing and Communications (SCC), this programme is about understanding how companies innovate with digital technologies to create new business models, products, and services. You will learn how digital business innovation strategies are developed, managed and delivered, to achieve business value. The programme also focuses on digital entrepreneurship.
The knowledge and skills that you will gain from this programme will make you attractive to many forward-looking companies who are at the cutting-edge of business and technologies, including companies that are looking for innovative ways to digitise their product and service offerings, and companies that want to increase intimacy with their customers through innovative digital interactions. The knowledge and skills gained from this programme will also equip you to be entrepreneurs, particularly in the digital space. Graduates of this programme are located internationally, in large companies, in the small /medium sectors, and in their own digital start-ups.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Successful innovation involves the dynamic dance of two questions: what is needed, and what is possible? You will have the opportunity to explore the way in which many innovations involve crossing boundaries. You will look at why some innovations fail, what forces lead to the diffusion of innovation, how entrepreneurs innovate to survive, and the extent to which innovation is a networking activity.
The module adopts innovative teaching and learning methods, designed to encourage creative thought, and uses a blended learning approach. You will have access to module space resources and a forum. Group work is facilitated by use of a Wiki (the collaborative software behind Wikipedia), where you work collaboratively in small groups to analyse current innovations.
You will keep an online academic learning log, which is private to you and to tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop a personal journey through the module with tutor support. This is combined with highly interactive face-to-face workshops.
The module presents a variety of frameworks and case studies that help the student formulate a comprehensive understanding of E-business in theory and practice. The course does not involve rote learning format; rather it is interactive, multi-modal, and real-world. Lectures are more like working lectures and involve various exercises that help you understand and employ the various frameworks.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
This module gives you conceptual tools and frameworks for thinking about the complexity of organisations, with a special emphasis on the role of information and information systems.The module enables you to develop a broad understanding of the nature of organisational complexity, especially in the context of acquiring, processing and disseminating information both efficiently and effectively. You will learn about the general tools used for pre-analysis and structuring of complex organisational situations and will also develop practical skills in using soft systems methodology (SSM), a methodology widely used in industry and developed at Lancaster by Professor Peter Checkland.
You will be introduced to various tools and frameworks that can help managers understand and reflect on the context they are in and what possibilities it offers for action. The ideas are drawn largely from the domains of ‘soft’ operational research and organisational learning, and include systems thinking, diagramming techniques and cognitive mapping.
The framework of concepts which the module provides helps to link the organisational analysis of e-business with issues of technical implementation.
This module is designed to help you understand the constant shift in web technologies and to enable you to conceive, design and implement superior e-business and e-commerce solutions. It is aimed at those who may be considering future careers as product managers or solution architects and thus encompasses business and design aspects in addition to technology issues.
You will acquire a detailed understanding of design, implementation and operational aspects of web-based e-business systems. You will also develop a deep understanding of current web technology trends and key web technologies, understand and practise web design and engineering methods, and learn how to measure the success and quality of an e-business system.
Case studies draw together key features from each part, setting the scene for a group project where you then use your skills to conceive and design an innovative web solution.
The module is organised into key topics: Web 2.0 architecture, design methods, cloud computing, web APIs and mashups, OpenSocial web, web analytics and business intelligence.
Part 1, Web 2.0 architecture, sets the scene for the module by exploring current trends in web technology and investigating design and architectural issues of modern web applications.
This module provides an integrated and critical overview of key concepts and techniques associated with marketing and consumer behaviour online. No prior academic and/or applied grounding in marketing or knowledge of marketing issues related to the e-business environment is assumed (if necessary, background reading and materials will be provided).
In this module we put emphasis on the fact that a marketing strategy for the online environment is, or is becoming, increasingly critical for most organisations. However, the integration of marketing within the e-business technological platform and interface tends not to be given enough attention in organisations. Marketing managers need to be conversant and confident with the dynamics of online consumer behaviour and they have to understand the current limitations of this new channel, but without neglecting the basis of consumer behaviour.
The overall aim of this module is to give you a basic knowledge of the key information and communication technologies (ICT) that are being deployed in the current and emerging information industry. The technologies are presented at an overview level, but with an attempt to teach the underlying principles so that you understand what lies behind the many acronyms and product titles in this field.
The module is made up of lectures and computer-based sessions. Both elements will be assessed.
The types of topic likely to be covered are:
However, because of the nature of the subject, the precise details will be subject to change.
This module, which includes input by specialists from IBM, introduces you to the theoretical concepts and practical methods used to design and evaluate complex IT systems in terms of their architecture.
Using a rich mix of case studies the emphasis is on task and project-based learning. You will develop your understanding of the need for IT architecture and the role of the IT architect including an appreciation of the need for the IT architect to balance conflicting tensions between the different aspects of technical design.What you learn from this module can be applied equally to small and medium-sized businesses as well as larger scale operations, and will remain useful throughout your career.
There are two parts to this module, the first being a series of lectures delivered by IBM IT architects and focusing on the following topics:
The second is an intensive two-day workshop where you work in teams to specify and define a system architecture based on a concrete case study culminating in a presentation of your proposals to a client.
This module focuses on the strategic rationale for IT. It has three main aims:
The emphasis in the module will be managerial – technology will be addressed, but always in the context of its strategic and organisational significance. Case studies are used to exemplify and reinforce both the strengths and weaknesses of current concepts and theories.Topics covered:
This module introduces you to the theory underlying management studies while at the same time starting to develop your key managerial skills.
In addition to key management texts, media representations of management in the British context and beyond will be drawn on, including contemporary sources such as newspapers and TV documentaries that have a specific management orientation, as well as presentations from guest speakers from the business community. There is an emphasis on task- and project-based learning.
The module also places the study of management within the global context. This involves exploring the wider socio-historic/socio-economic contexts in which management is enacted, reflecting on different forms of organising work, and examining cultural and historical differences.
The topics covered include:
This is a project-based module in which you work in small groups to research and develop an entrepreneurial idea into a business plan for a new venture. You will make a formal presentation of your plan with the aim of obtaining funding for the venture and are interviewed by an enterprise panel. The enterprise panel may include a bank manager, a business angel and/or a venture capitalist.
This complex task brings with it many learning benefits. Through action learning, you learn first-hand about the entrepreneurial processes of opportunity recognition, start-up and growth and associated activities such as networking, intelligence-gathering and credibility management. This enables you to develop specific skills such as market research and analysis, sales forecasting and how to develop financial statements.
In developing the business plan, you learn how to take an integrated view of all aspects of a business, and this should then enable you to apply and interrelate the various functional components of the curriculum.
The module is carefully structured to provide an integrated sequence of topic seminars, designed to support the development of the plan, and tutorials in which you discuss problems you encounter at the various stages of the process.
This module consists of two parallel streams offering a comprehensive study of both the potential of digital innovation and the wider implications of digital innovation for society and the digital economy.
The first stream - a narrative looking at core digital developments offering the seeds of innovation - considers contemporary issues in computer science, with emphasis on developments with the maximum potential for innovation and impact on society. Topics may include:
For selected topics, appropriate experts will be brought in to lead sessions.
The second stream - a meta-narrative looking at issues such as what makes a good digital innovation, seeking more radical innovations and methods, and models of intellectual property related to digital and software innovation - consists of a set of seminars which challenge you to think about issues relating to digital innovation and its impact on society and the digital economy.
This module gives you hands-on experience of the academic version of a widely used enterprise technology, namely SAP.
Enterprise systems and integration solutions are essential to every modern enterprise, and Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) is opening a new range of integration solutions for businesses. Also, businesses that acquired and implemented ERPs in the 1990s and early 2000s are now dealing with upgrades for the years to come. These businesses are considering becoming hybrids: i.e., having a mixture of traditional ERPs and cloud-based services so that they can keep a solid platform but also enjoy the flexibility offered by the cloud.
ERPs are booming in China and many other developing countries. Therefore, irrespective of the specific technology (e.g., SAP), all business school graduates should acquire some preliminary knowledge of enterprise systems and of the integration they provide for companies.
This module familiarises you with the notion of integration and how companies can respond to their integration needs. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of an ERP system and of using it to run a company – in this instance, you will be using SAP to run a virtual dairy company.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Professor Juliana Sutanto (SCC contact Dr Phil Benachour)
Entry requirements: At least an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, from any discipline
IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent (minimum element scores apply)
Assessment: Coursework, exam, ten-week consultancy project and dissertation
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding
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