Remaking the IT Management Curriculum: A "Novel" Approach

Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, Shannon O'Donnell

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    We report on an experiment in redesign of curriculum for Information Technology (IT) management courses, a synthetic approach that attempts to combine the best features of explanation- and experience-based approaches. The IVK case series is a fictitious though realitybased story about the struggles of a newly appointed, not-technically-trained CIO in his first year on the job. The series constitutes a true-to-life novel, intended to involve students in an engaging story that simultaneously explores the nuances of major IT management issues. Three principles guided our development of this curriculum: 1) Emphasis on the business aspects of IT, independent of underlying technologies; 2) Student derivation of cumulative management frameworks arrived at via inductive in-class discussion; and 3) Identification of a set of core issues most vital in IT management practice, as a business discipline. We report results from using the curriculum with undergraduate and graduate students, and with executives at a multinational corporation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2008
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event29th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - Paris, France
    Duration: 16 Dec 200816 Dec 2008
    Conference number: 29


    Conference29th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)

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