Perspectives on Digitalization, 7.5 credits (723G89)

Perspectives on Digitalization, 7.5 hp

Course description

Digitalization is a contemporary phenomenon that is on everybody’s lips today. In this course, you will have the opportunity to address different perspectives on digitalization as a phenomenon in different spheres (individual, organizational, and societal). We will also address different expressions and “faces” of digitalization and how it is surrounded by values, possibilities and challenges. Digitalization is also put in the context of change, management, services, gaps, everyday work and strategies. The course contents also include the basic concepts related to digitalization and a critical stance towards the role of digital tools and IT in relation to different stakeholders within organizations and the process of organizing. The course consists of lectures, individual literature studies, seminars and tutorials. The workload of the course includes the preparations for lectures, seminars, project work and tutorials by reading, where appropriate, other student’s work. The examination is written, through mainly in pairs prepared PMs, a group work and report in a project setting. The PM and the project are examined orally in compulsory seminars. 

Main field of study

Business Administration


First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Björn Johansson

Course coordinator

Björn Johansson

Director of studies or equivalent

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic

Available for exchange students



Björn Johansson, Course Director

Kostas Mitropolous, International Coordinator

Svjetlana Pantic Dragisic, Study Director

Åsa Carmesten, Study Adviser

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2021 v202149-202203 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2021 v202149-202203 English Linköping

Main field of study

Business Administration

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • 120 ECTS credits passed from undergraduate studies including at least 60 ECTS credits in Business Administration, or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain basic concepts, phenomena and perspectives regarding digitalization in different spheres (individual, organizational, and societal)
  • describe different contemporary expressions of digitalization in both private and public organizations, discussing e.g. values such as effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and trust
  • explain and identify strategies to digital transformation including pros and cons
  • describe and identify the different types of strategies and approaches relative information, communication and IT as a part of digitalization
  • critically understand and analyze the various stakeholders in relation to digitalization and the role of IT when organizing

Course content

Digitalization is a phenomenon that mirrors the process of using digital tools and services as individuals, organizations and in the society as a whole. Digitalization has many contemporary expressions and “faces” and is surrounded by values, possibilities and challenges. This course reflects upon digitalization from an individual, organizational and societal perspective and addresses e.g. change, management, services, stakeholders, gaps, everyday work and strategies related to digitalization. Digitalization is discussed as phenomena, its emergence and relation to information technology and organization in general and e-services in particular. As such digitalization needs to be managed and needs to be based on strategic utilization of IT; this is one area focused in the course from an organizational perspective.

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, seminars and a project work. In addition, the student should conduct self-study.


The course examination consists of in pairs prepared PMs, a project report, and active participation in seminars. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course's study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling


Scientific articles are used as course literature. 

PRO1 Project EC 4 credits
ESS1 Short Essay EC 3.5 credits

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