COMP09009 2019 Information Technology: Innovation and Management

General Details

Full Title
Information Technology: Innovation and Management
Transcript Title
Information Technology: Innova
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Subject Area
COMP - 0613 Computer Science
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
09 - Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty, Trevor McSharry, Therese Hume
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management

This module addresses the social, organisational, ethical, environmental and legal contexts within which information systems are developed and used. It examines how technologies evolve and how emerging technologies can be aligned with business and organisational needs. It also looks at the ethical, legal and governance requirements raised by the introduction of new technologies within organisations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Evaluate selected emerging technologies in the context of organisational strategies and societal change.


Analyse and assess the benefits and costs of emerging IT solutions, including the identification of broader social, environmental and ethical implications.


Identify means of addressing technical and management challenges in the implementation of digital strategies.


Anticipate governance issues emerging from the regulatory context within which information systems are used, including considerations of security.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will introduce topics, but much of the work will be research based, exploring sets of questions to be examined each week, through prescribed readings, updated to reflect current developments.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be assessed through a research essay examining an emerging development in IT from a range of perspectives, and a final examination.

Repeat Assessments

as above.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Appraising emerging technologies: overview of technological innovation,

  • Horizon-scanning - identifying and appraising opportunities and threats of emerging technologies.
  • Digital transformation and organisational strategy. Justifying investment and anticipating risks.
  • The broader context:  innovation systems, identifying potential issues (ethical, legal, environmental, security).
  • Success and failure in major IT projects 

2. Societal, Legal and ethical context of innovations.

  • Unintended consequences:Persistent problems as side effects of technological change.
  • Anticipating environmental/energy costs of information technologies (e.g.  purchasing policies, recycling and energy management). 
  • Ethical issues with emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence). Codes of practice, ethical toolkits.
  • Legal issues  and the role of IT governance frameworks and standards 
  • Security management.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Coursework Assessment Essay 50 % Week 10 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 15 1,2,3

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Distance Learning Suite Readings/Case Studies 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016 The Strategic Management Of Information Systems Building a Digital Strategy
ISBN 047003467X ISBN-13 9780470034675
Recommended Reading
2014-04-14 Strategic Innovation Management Wiley
ISBN 1118457234 ISBN-13 9781118457238

This first edition of Strategic Innovation Management is an exciting new addition to the established bestselling texts Managing Innovation and Innovation and Entrepreneurship written by Joe Tidd and John Bessant. Aimed at students taking courses in business studies and management, as well as non-specialist courses in other disciplines, this book provides a practical and accessible evidence-based approach to managing innovation in a wide range of contexts, including: manufacturing, services, small to large organizations and the private, public and third sectors.

The text has been designed to be fully integrated with the Innovation Portal at, which contains an extensive collection of additional resources for both lecturers and students including teaching resources, case studies, media clips, innovation tools, seminar and assessment activities and over 300 test-bank questions.

Recommended Reading
2018-07 Managing Innovation in the Digital World de-G Press
ISBN 1501515780 ISBN-13 9781501515781

Successful companies actively cultivate new ideas, put those ideas to work quickly and efficiently, and harvest the business value benefits of successful innovations. Innovation can be taught, and processes such as user-centered design increase the likelihood of a successful match between an innovative solution and the needs of users. In this insightful technical book Esther Baldwin and Martin Curley provide a multitude of techniques and methods that improve the likelihood of successful innovation through the launch of new innovative products, services, processes, financial models and customer experiences or innovations to existing systems, processes, technologies or products. In an increasingly digital world, Managing Innovation in the Digital World includes examples and case studies from leading organizations. It includes assessment techniques, skill set descriptions, and a capability maturity framework to help IT organizations understand where they stand as innovators and what steps to take to strengthen their competencies. Drawing on their experience with innovation in Intel's engineering operations and beyond, Baldwin and Curley emphasize that innovation does not require whole-scale invention. An innovative solution reapplied in a new context can provide even greater business value because the initial investment in developing the solution has already been made.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

Harvard Business Review

Communications of the ACM

Mc Kinsey Quarterly (online)

Sloan Management Review

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions


MIT Technology Review

Research Policy

URL Resources

Trade magazines/General Media Sunday Business Post – Computers in Business Section (IT section)

Legislation , Professional Bodies , ,

Journal Databases in the Library – e.g. emerald and science direct

Other Resources

Sample Articles 

Matthew Jones, 2019,  "What we talk about when we talk about (big) data", Journal of Strategic Information Management, 28-1PP 3-16,

Bughin et al (2018) Why Digital Strategies Fail , Mc Kinsey Quarterly, January  2018

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Bent Flyvbjerg, 2014, "What You Should Know about Megaprojects and Why: An Overview," Project Management Journal, vol. 45, no. 2, April-May, pp. 6-19, DOI: 10.1002/pmj.21409

Flyvbjerg, Bent and Budzier, Alexander, Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier than You Think (September 1, 2011). Harvard Business Review, vol. 89, no. 9, pp. 601-603. Available at SSRN: or

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