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ITU

Master of Science in
Digital Innovation and Management

The Programme

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.

Programme structure

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.

Course of study for MSc in Digital Innovation & Management - Study Start Autumn
1st semester Navigating Complexity: Mapping, Visualization & Decision-making
15 ECTS
Foundations in Development of IT
7,5 ECTS * 
Business & Management Foundations
7,5 ECTS *
2nd semester

Digital Governance, Management and Accountability
7,5 ECTS **

Open Innovation and Design
eller
Elective
7,5 ECTS ***

Elective 
7,5 ECTS

Specialisation

7,5 ECTS
3rd semester
Innovation and Technology in Society
7,5 ECTS ** 
Digital Change Management
or
Elective
7,5 ECTS ***

Specialisation
15 ECTS 

4th semester
Thesis 
30 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).

Mandatory courses

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:

  • Navigating Complexity: Mapping, Visualization and Decision-making (15 ECTS) will equip you with a set of analytical and practical tools to analyse and visualise complex knowledge fields. You will be able to manage and act constructively in complex and challenging situations and work with how decision-making can be informed.
  • Foundations in Development of IT (7.5 ECTS) will enable you to understand and participate in IT development cycles. The course will equip you with a fundamental understanding of important aspects in the design and development of IT systems.
  • Business & Management Foundations (7.5 ECTS) will provide you with different perspectives and tools for business and strategic management, including knowledge of how to do business models, and new and classic strategic management theories related to organizations in different situations and development stages.
  • Digital Governance, Management and Accountability (7.5 ECTS) will enable you to identify, manage, understand and act in relation to IT infrastructures put in place to meet demands for transparency and controllability. The course provides students with tools for analysing techno-managerial practices and the infrastructures and constraints that make such practices accountable. The course traces, for instance, historical, political, ethical or cultural relations in which accountabilities are embedded.
  • Innovation and Technology in Society  (7.5 ECTS) will provide you with a range of theoretical perspectives and conceptual tools to critically approach, understand and analyse complex relationships between IT, innovation and society. This will, among other things, enable you to reflect upon your own role as an active participant in future technological and societal developments, as well as to reflect on the politics and values embedded in the design and use of technologies.

The sixth obligatory module you choose between:

  • Open Innovation and Design (7.5 ECTS) equips students with techniques and tools for understanding and using the fundamental concepts of open innovation. It explores how all types of organisations (private, public and NGOs), as entities within broader ecosystems, purposively use “inflows and outflows of knowledge” to progress and promote innovation. How do they incorporate ideas from outside their boundaries with the use of technology acquisitions, alliances, crowd sourcing, open source and other mechanisms?
  • Digital Change Management (7.5 ECTS) gives you tools to analyse and understand challenges of change management related to digitalisation.

Specialisations

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.

Electives

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.

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Specialisations

Specialisations offered

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:

  • Process Innovation and New Business Models
  • Big Data 
  • Digital Democratic Citizenship

Customise your own specialisation

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.

Specialisation: Process Innovation and New Business Models

Digital innovations rapidly transform the fundamental nature of many organizations. This specialization focuses on the role of digital technologies in enabling incremental and radical innovations in organizations, both at the business model level and at the level of individual processes/services.  The courses and projects are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to support, design, manage, and reflect on digital innovation initiatives in complex organizational settings.

Spring Semester:

Digital Business Models

The emergence and evolution of new digital technologies creates new opportunities for organizations to profit and make value of digitization. This course focuses on capturing and understanding the new business models that emerge and how organizations implement these models in ways that create value for all stakeholders.

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: open innovation, digital platforms and ecosystems, sharing and owning economy, social entrepreneurship and crowdfunding.

Autumn Semester:

Process Innovation

Organizations constantly need to respond to changing requirements and new opportunities in order to stay competitive. This course focuses on process innovation as a way to redesign organizational work processes and reconfigure internal and external resources to sense and respond to new opportunities and challenges.

The course will cover:

  • The fundamentals of process-oriented management (e.g., lifecycle and maturity models) 
  • Theories, frameworks, and methods for both continuous and radical process innovation (e.g., ambidextrous organizational design)
  • How digital technologies (e.g., Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence) can support continuous and radical process innovation

    The specialization also comprises a specialization project in the autumn semester, in which you can draw on the contents of both courses, digital business models and process innovation.
     

Specialisation: Big Data

Big data offers opportunities and risks, requiring deep technical knowledge as well as critical skills to analyse the quality and impact of any approach or solution. Making sense of data is a key interdisciplinary challenge for many organizations, institutions and governments so that they can understand and adapt quickly to changing conditions. A hospital could incorporate GPS data about the actual location of its ambulances and helicopters with data about the mission these vehicles are involved in, as well as the emergency calls and current status in various emergency rooms in order to take decisions in real-time when faced with an emergency call (also in the face of large-scale disasters). Step counters and mobile phones can be connected with Amazon Echo voice-activated assistant to help manage family life while potentially allowing a range of vendors to ensure in-store availability of groceries and other staples the family might need when they need it. While both these scenarios evoke a future of efficiency and convenience, they also raise issues about privacy and the influence such data services might have on work practices and everyday lives.

Extracting value from big data depends in part on solving engineering challenges and hiring data scientists, but the key lies in interdisciplinary and critical analyses of big data processes and solutions. The courses in this specialization offer an opportunity for students to engage with technical challenges, organizational processes and societal concerns around big data. Most importantly, students will learn how to translate critical and theoretical tools they have gained throughout the program into practice and application.  

Spring Semester:

Big Data Processes

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 analy- se 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 technical, ethical and organizational points of view, especially in the cases where personal data is involved. Students will learn basic hands-on analytics approaches using Tableau Public.  

Autumn Semester:

Critical Big Data Management

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 will address the critical issues that emerge in the course of collection, management, processing and analytics of large-scale data. We will discuss modern approaches to organizing and making sense of large data sets. We will cover the principles of big data analysis, and illustrate a group-based hands-on approach to big data modeling and management while addressing the increasingly important societal issues these principles and approaches address and problematize. Students will be introduced to basic quantitative methods and technical skills to be able to assess 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 are expected to work in cross-program groups on the three projects that make up the core of the course. The goal is to create an experience where students must negotiate disparate backgrounds and technical expertise to achieve common goals. 

 

Specialisation: Digital Democratic Citizenship

This specialization is directed towards students who want to critically investigate and understand the larger sociotechnical consequences of their work in communication and design. The two courses are designed to give students tools and competences to analyze the profound and ongoing changes of democracy and citizenship in digital society.

Students will learn to critically evaluate the potential of technology design and architecture for democracy and citizenship as well as its limitations due to surveillance and privacy issues. In interaction with researchers and practitioners, this specialization provides theoretical, methodological and practical insights into the challenges and potential of technology for democracy.

Many would argue that new media technologies reshape how we vote, protest, resist, deliberate, participate, organize, and manage our everyday lives as citizens in a democratic society. By taking a macroperspective on the performance of digital democratic citizenship, this specialization aims at providing the students with a critical and self-reflective perspective to understand and contribute to social change through technology.

Spring Semester: 

Digital Democratic Citizenship
The goal of this course is to introduce methods and theoretical concepts, which will be used in the specialization. During the course the students develop a conceptual and practical understanding of digital democratic citizenship and equip themselves with methodological tools.

Autumn Semester:

Digital Democratic Citizenship in Research and Practice 
In this course the students use the theoretical and methodological tools introduced in the first part of the specialization. They will work on small research projects together with

Career

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:

  • Organisational Consultant working with the development of organisational processes, management models, optimisation of management/communication processes etc.
  • Project and Team Manager with tasks related to developing and managing projects, project teams and processes.
  • Special Advisor with advisory tasks within the areas of information technology, digitalisation, innovation, research and development etc.
  • Business Analyst and Developer working with the identification of and expansion into new areas of IT business - e.g. business analysis, concept development, implementation etc.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD at the IT University please see here.

Alumni

Alumni

Teaching

The teaching method in the MSc programme in Digital Innovation & Management alternates between traditional lectures and project work, which demands a responsible, independent effort, collaborative skills and project management. Your professors and lecturers are among the best in the field and your abilities and effort will be challenged accordingly. Project work is an important part of the MSc Programme in Digital Innovation & Management. This method of working gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into specific areas that interest you or your project group. Project work also hones your collaboration skills, not just with fellow students or teaching staff but also with businesses and organisations.
The programme is designed for you to collaborate with public or private companies on at least two projects during the programme, ensuring that you will always be working with current industry or societal challenges, and enabling you to network with the business community even before you graduate.
Studievejledning

Are you interested in studying at the IT University of Copenhagen, please contact The Study and Career Guidance.

Room 3D05 and 3D07
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 København S

Phone: +45 7218 5240

Email: studievejledningen@itu.dk