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In the MSc programme in Digital Innovation & Management you will be equipped with knowledge, skills and tools for understanding and managing complex and often turbulent processes of digital change and innovation in a wide variety of organisations.
As digital technologies continuously and rapidly evolve they affect organizations, people and society in new and surprising ways. To handle these changes and challenges of digitalisation of already computerised systems require the ability to make informed and timely decisions and adjustments during strategic, tactical, organizational and practical tasks in management and governance. This relies on a deep understanding of people, technology and digital change.
This MSc programme takes seriously the immense challenges digitalization presents for organizing and managing IT. Today’s societies face grand challenges in areas such as energy, health care, climate and finance and it has only become more obvious that we need to go beyond formulaic IT management and organizational recipes and learn to think about the complexities of relationships between humans and technology differently. You will apply an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary problems, combining a range of competences from ethnography, business studies, informatics, IT-management, governance, innovation studies and social studies of IT.
The programme has a broad international outlook, and is taught in English.
You will encounter a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods and frameworks for managing and developing IT. The approach supports the programme’s open understanding of management and innovation, which is based on a practice approach. This means students learn about management and innovation as practical achievements and are provided with the skills of social inquiry to understand the qualitative as well as quantitative aspects of technology in society. Through the programme’s courses, you will encounter a range of these digital tools which can be put to use for analytic, management and organizational purposes.
The MSc programme has a flexible structure. It provides solid analytic skills while leaving ample room for you to define and shape your own unique profile. It contains mandatory as well as elective modules and the choice of at least one specialisation.
See the curriculum for Digital Innovation & Management.
Digital Governance, Management and Accountability
7,5 ECTS **
Open Innovation and Design
7,5 ECTS ***
* For students who are bachelors in Global Business Informatics or provide similar competencies, these courses are not mandatory but may be replaced with electives..
** This mandatory module can be supplemented with an offered study activity (teaching, supervision, project, etc.) of 7,5 ECTS in the same subject field. The supplementary study activity will substitute an elective module.
*** It is mandatory to study one of these courses: Open Innovation and Design (offered in the spring semester) or Digital Change Management (offered in the autumn semester).
You must complete the six mandatory modules. Five of them are the following, and the sixth module you can choose between two options. The five pre-determined are:
The sixth obligatory module you choose between:
A specialisation is a well-organised collection of courses that allows you to work with advanced topics within a specific area, and prepares you for writing your MSc thesis. You must complete one specialisation during your studies. See what specialisations offered below.
It is possible to apply for an individual specialisation, where you combine a package of 22.5 ECTS point of connected and relevant courses. Taking a look at the specialisations offered by the other MSc Study Programmes may inspire you. An individual specialisation can also be obtained at another university in Denmark or abroad.
You also have an excellent opportunity to shape your own profile through electives. You can choose between all the courses offered at the IT University at a Master’s level, as well as take electives at a different university. See all courses offered at ITU in the course.
A specialisation is a well-organised collection of courses that allows you to work with advanced topics within a specific area, and prepares you for writing your MSc thesis. You must complete one specialisation during your studies. At the moment, the programme offers the following specialisations:
This course focuses on sensing and understanding how digital technologies create or enable radically new possibilities for executing and governing inter-organizational transactions, reshaping organizational boundaries and making new partner networks possible. The course covers economic, social and cultural elements of business models and investigates how different business models create, deliver, and capture value in different ways.
Case studies are an essential part of the course and may include business models like: Collective business models, Open business models, Cooperate-NGO collaboration, Social entrepreneurship, Government agencies and Bricks and clicks business models.
Organizations constantly need to respond to new possibilities and changing requirements in an appropriate way. This course focuses on process innovation as a way to redesign inter-organizational relationships, and reconfigure internal and external resources to sense and respond to new opportunities. The course will cover:
As part of the course the students work with a firm, a government agency or a not for profit organizations investigating a course relevant subject or collaborate developing an actual process innovation or a framework for organizing and managing a process innovation initiative in the case organization.
There is no longer one approach that can fit all data management problems. For each problem, IT specialists have to decide on appropriate models and systems to handle the relevant data. In this course we conceptualize big data as the processes involved in making data from various data sources available for advanced analytics. We will address the critical issues that emerge in the course of collection, management, processing and analytics of large-scale data. We will introduce modern approaches to organizing and making sense of large, fast growing and diverse data sets. We will cover the principles of big data analysis, and illustrate a hands-on approach to big data modeling and management while addressing the increasingly important societal issues these principles and approaches address and problematise. Students will be introduced to technical skills necessary for assessment of current approaches to big data management and analytics as well as critical theoretical tools for identification and discussion of potential pitfalls, obstacles and opportunities that working with data and analytics may bring up.
This course is run in parallel with a Technical Big Data Management course on the Software Development Masters program and students will be expected to work in cross-program groups on the three projects that make up the core of the course.
Business, governmental and non-governmental organisations increasingly rely on big data to shape data-driven processes. Such big data processes, based on the discovery of meaningful patterns in data, can be used to analyse complex phenomena or to build predictive models. In this class, we will review the technological trends that underlie the advent of big data more generally.
We will discuss the potentials of big data processes and their limitations from a technical, ethical and organizational points of view, especially in the cases where personal data is involved.
An MSc in Digital Innovation & Management will provide you with a keen global perspective and with the skill set you acquire during the programme, you will be well prepared for an international career in the private or public sector. You will, for example, be able to identify new opportunities and manage the changes they entail in large organisations and institutions.
Information technology is everywhere. Therefore, you will be an asset for a wide array of employers in the private as well as the public sector. You should be ready to shape your own career possibilities in a changing professional environment but the jobs listed below are examples of positions and tasks, you would be qualified for:
If you are interested in applying for a PhD at the IT University please see here.
»I wanted to understand business, and I'm more outgoing. So I wanted a combination of IT and people. I liked both the academic and social side of ITU. Since it’s a small university, there are good opportunities connect with your fellow students. That has been valuable for me. The informal approach means that you can talk to the professors, and the subjects were interesting to me.«
I wanted to understand business, and I'm more outgoing. So I wanted a combination of IT and people. I liked both the academic and social side of ITU. Since it’s a small university, there are good opportunities connect with your fellow students. That has been valuable for me. The informal approach means that you can talk to the professors, and the subjects were interesting to me.
»I did my bachelor’s in marketing and did an internship at an event agency in Bangkok. Things were very manual and messy, so I tried to introduce a CRM system, but people were so scared of the new technology. I was inspired to study how to introduce people to technology without it being such an alien thing. It was always the human aspect that drew me to marketing, and the human aspect also drew me to DIM.«
I did my bachelor’s in marketing and did an internship at an event agency in Bangkok. Things were very manual and messy, so I tried to introduce a CRM system, but people were so scared of the new technology. I was inspired to study how to introduce people to technology without it being such an alien thing. It was always the human aspect that drew me to marketing, and the human aspect also drew me to DIM.
It can be a professional boost and an advantage on your CV to do part of your studies at a foreign university. The IT University has exchange agreements with universities around the world, and for students enrolled in Digital Innovation & Management, we recommend:
France - Université Montpellier 2
France - University of Strasbourg
Germany - TU Munich
Greece - National Technical University of Athens
New Zealand - Auckland University of Technology
New Zealand - Victoria University of Wellington
Norway - University of Oslo
South Korea - Hanyang University
Spain - The Autonomous University of Madrid
Sweden - Linköping University
The Netherlands - Maastricht University
The Netherlands - Utrecht University
The United States - Boston University
The United States - Syracuse University
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