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ICT enabled service business and innovation

Individual course

Max amount of FITech students: 15 adult learners

The course will begin already in the first week of October with independent self-study modules. Lectures will begin on the 25th of October.

This course is a combination combination of online material, theory lectures, visiting lectures from industry, and case assignments from the following themes:

  • Digitalisation: A high-level view to digitalisation and servitisation of economy, industries, and companies; and critical views to digitalisation
  • Platform economy: Platforms, ecosystems, two-sided markets, network effects, and platform launch and governance
  • Platform strategising: Platform competition and opportunistic strategies
  • Trends: Changing topics and trends driving digitalisation, e.g. possibly such AI & ML, blockchains, quantum computing

Learning outcomes

After the course you

  • understand the role of ICT and software in driving digitalisation of industries and society in general.
  • can apply theoretical concepts to analyse real world cases of digital transformation.
  • are familiar with current trends that drive digitalisation.
  • are aware of the critical perspectives related to digitalisation.
  • understand digital platforms and their underpinnings, as well as platform competition and strategising.

Teaching schedule

In period I, the teaching is online and self-paced (with few deadlines).

In period II, the lectures are on campus on Tuesdays at 16:15–18:00 and Fridays at 12:15–14:00 (24.10.–1.12.2023). The exam will be held on 14.12.2023 at 13:00–16:00 in Otaniemi.

Study methods:
– Self-study online materials and assignments: 30 h
– Classroom hours + lecture self-reflection 30 h
– Pre-readings and lecture preparation 25 h
– Assignments OR exam preparation 45 h
– Total: 130 h

Completion methods

  • Participation in lectures (around 50 % required, pass/fail)
  • Self-study online modules (pass/fail)
  • Assignments OR exam

This course cannot be taken with CS-EJ5311 Digital platform economy.

Minor changes to the course information are possible. More info on Aalto University’s course page.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

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Responsible teachers

Aalto University
Mikko Heiskala
Aalto University
Kari Hiekkanen

Further information about the studies

Aalto University
Kirsi Viitaharju

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Basic knowledge of IT business and information systems concepts are recommended.
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