TJTS5902 Disruptive Technologies in Digital Business (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
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Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Information Technology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023



The course deals with digitalisation and related phenomena: digital business and the development of new technologies and their impact, as well as technological innovations and their management. The course deals with digitalization from the perspectives of individuals and the organization. The course covers the concepts, models and research findings related to the digital transition, emerging technologies, business models and innovation. Students apply course concepts and methodologies for the development of technology-oriented business model.
Spring 2018 course focuses on three themes:
1. Platform business models and evolution
2. Business ecosystems
3. Understanding customers’ service experiences in digital business environement

Completion methods

The course consists of lectures and students' independent work in the form of a home final exam. Students also work in teams to create a business plan. Workload is 135 hours (5 cr.), which is divided as follows: Lectures 15-20 h, Independent study: Reading the course materials 25-30 h, Independent work: Home exam 30 h, Exercise in teams: 30 hours.

Assessment details

The course grading is based on the home exam and team work.Passing the course requires taking a home exam and delivering the team work results. Home exam is assessed on the basis of content, quality of the argumentation and appropriate use of the course material. Team work is assessed based on the completeness, the feasibility and innovativeness.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course a student understands the facets of digitalisation, business model development, and the impact of emerging technologies. After the course the student is familiar with the concepts and models related to innovation management, and understands the technology adoption factors in respect of individuals and organizations. The aim of the course is that the student is able to assess the technological changes, analyze the tasks needed to introduce technology to an organization and develop a business model for a technology company. The course aims to develop students' skills in team work, creative work and critical thinking.

Description of prerequisites

Students taking the course are mainly studying information systems in the first year of their degree programme. Student has from the previous studies or from work experience understanding of the role of technology in everyday life of individuals and organizations, as well as understanding of digital business and its development. In-depth analysis of the technological phenomena and the digitalization by the means of theories offered by the scientific literature has not been part of the previous studies.

Study materials

Kirjallisuuslistan lisäksi muuta kirjallisuutta liittyen ajankohtaisiin teknologisiin ilmiöihin.


Venkatesh, V., Thong, J. Y., & Xu, X. (2012). Consumer acceptance and use of information technology: extending the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology. MIS quarterly, 36(1), 157-178.

Blank, S. (2013). Why the lean start-up changes everything. Harvard Business Review, 91(5), 63-72.

Osterwalder, A., Pigneur, Y., & Tucci, C. L. (2005). Clarifying business models: Origins, present, and future of the concept. Communications of the association for Information Systems, 16(1), 1-25.

Kaplan, S., & Tripsas, M. (2008). Thinking about technology: Applying a cognitive lens to technical change. Research Policy, 37(5), 790-805.

Swanson E.B. (1994), Information systems innovation among organizations, Management Science 40, No 9, 1069-1092.

Lyytinen K. & Rose. G.M. (2003). The disruptive nature of information technology innovations: The case of Internet computing in systems development organizations, MIS Quarterly 27, No 4, 557-595.

Dibbern, J., Goles, T., Hirschheim, R., & Jayatilaka, B. (2004). Information systems outsourcing: a survey and analysis of the literature. ACM SIGMIS Database, 35(4), 6-102.

Bharadwaj, A., El Sawy, O. A., Pavlou, P. A., & Venkatraman, N. (2013). Digital business strategy: toward a next generation of insights. MIS Quarterly, 37(2), 471-482.

Murmann, J. P., & Frenken, K. (2006). Toward a systematic framework for research on dominant designs, technological innovations, and industrial change. Research Policy, 35(7), 925-952.

Ries, E. (2011). The lean startup: How today's entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. Random House LLC.

Fichman, R. G., Dos Santos, B. L., & Zheng, Z. (2014). Digital Innovation as a Fundamental and Powerful Concept in the Information Systems Curriculum. Mis Quarterly, 38(2), 329-343.

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations. Simon and Schuster.

Rochet, J. C., & Tirole, J. (2006). Two-sided markets: a progress report. The RAND Journal of Economics, 37(3), 645-667.

Completion methods

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