30383 - DIGITAL DISRUPTION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course analyses the impact of digital transformation in changing the competitive landscape of several industries. Of particular interest of the course are: - the disruptive nature of technological changes; - the entrepreneurial ferment across industries; - the interplay between incumbents and newcomers. The goal of the course is to: - analyze digitalization as a context for the transformation of cultural organizations; - discuss its implications for industry configuration, value appropriation, and offering configuration; - compare inter-company and inter-industry competition.
The course will cover the following topics:
- What is disruption all about? What are its effects on a company’s strategy and competitive environment?
- Business models and their conditions for economic viability
- Identification of elements of disruption driven by digital technologies for new ideas development
- Recognize disruptive technologies and their effects on industries and their players.
- Describe the interplay between incumbents, newcomers, and physical and virtual players.
- Analyze the impact of disruptive innovations at the city, sector and individual companies level.
- Interpret ambiguous and uncertain environments to predict future configurations.
- Analyse complex and constantly changing organizations.
- Apply disruptive technologies to different contexts
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Group assignments
- Guest speakers' talks provide students with the necessary hands-on approach and specificity to appreciate the dynamism and ambiguity associated with disruptive technologies.
- Case studies on the contrary offer students the possibility to rationalize emerging issues.
- Group assignments consist of field projects allowing the application of concepts learned in class to real life examples
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Attending students are tested on their ability to contextualize phenomena associated with disruptive technologies via a written exam (50% of the grade), consisting of a short essay based on a newspaper article, or of a self-reflection on one of the topics discussed in class The remaining 50% of the grade is assigned to a field project on organizations presented in class by guest speakers. Details of the project will be communicated via Bboard and in class in due time.
Non-attending students are evaluated on an essay to be written at the end of the semester during the exam sessions. The essay covers the topics described in the program and included in the teaching materials. It uses a short case/a newspaper article as a basis for discussion. Alternatively, it can be a self reflection on the same topics. The essay accounts for 100% of the final grade.
Teaching materials are made available via course reserve at the library or via Bboards, depending on copyright restrictions.