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TJ093173 TJS8 Special courses: IT Governance 6 ECTS
Organised by
Information Systems Science
Person in charge
Tomi Dahlberg
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X X
2015–2016 X X

Learning outcomes

After the course the student knows how business strategy impacts the IT function and how business strategy, business models and business operations are aligned with IT, digital data and their deployment. She or he will understand, what are the key IT decisions in enterprises, who should make such decisions, that is, corporate executives, business line executives, IT executives, or all of them The student also learns to understand what are the impacts of alternative IT organization arrangements, what value IT is able deliver to an enterprise as well as what should be done to ensure that information technology, digital data and the IT function do deliver such value. Furthermore, the student learns how to govern and manage key IT deployment decisions, such as IT services sourcing, IT services development and operations, IT-dependent innovations, IT-dependent enterprise risks, enterprise architecture etc.


The main topic of the course is, how to arrange responsibilities for key IT decisions and how to govern IT as an integral part of enterprise strategy planning and execution. Alternative arrangements impact not only what value IT delivers to the enterprise but also the financial performance of an enterprise. This course also digs into how various governance arrangements impact the deployment of IT and the operational performance of enterprises. The course starts by considering how business strategy approach chosen by the enterprise impacts IT. We then move to corporate governance of IT and take a look at what key IT decisions are. After that the course tackles the creation of business value from the deployment of IT. We also look into how that value is measured and reported. We then make ourselves familiar with the work and the success factors of the chief information officer (CIO). The course continues by looking at the application of IT governance in some typical issues characteristic to the strategic management of IT and the work of the CIO and the IT function. These issues include IT outsourcing, enterprise architecture management, information management, IT vendor and ecosystem management, influence and negotiation behavior and the management of innovations, program and projects as well as their portfolios. During the course we will compare IT governance standards (ISO/IEC 38500 20000 and 27000 families) and COBIT 5 best practice method. The exercises of the course include article briefs and an essay.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises 42 h in English; 3 hours/week for 14 weeks of which one hour consists of practical exercises and/or discussions. A comprehensive case (Media Oyj) is made available to students.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn

Study materials

A collection of 20 articles selected by the teacher.

Further information

Some of the topics of this course are addressed in other ISS courses. This course however look these and other issues from the perspective of the CIO and other C-level executives, that is, from the perspective of governance of IT and strategic management of IT. Since students taking this course are typically not executives (e.g. CIOs) and have seldom experience of executive work, cases, anecdote, discussions and the Media Oyj case are used to make the issues understood at a practical level. Similarly implications to expert work (e.g. business/systems analysts, project managers) are shown. Although the course is an ISS course, it suits also to students who have sufficient understanding of Corporate Governance or strategic management of an enterprise.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Valinnaiset opinnot (Information Systems Science)
Turku School of Economics
Optional IS courses (MDP in Global IT Management)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
Information Systems Science