Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course you'll

  • understand the role of ICT and software in driving digitalisation of industries and society in general
  • can apply theoretical concepts to analyse real world cases of digital business and platform economy
  • are familiar with current trends that drive digitalisation
  • are aware of critical perspectives related to digitalisation
  • understand digital platforms and their underpinnings, and platform competition and strategising

Credits: 5

Schedule: 06.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikko Heiskala, Kari Hiekkanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Heiskala, Kari Hiekkanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Combination of online material, theory lectures, visiting lectures from industry, and case assignments from the following themes:

    • Digitalisation: A high-level view to digitalisation and servitisation of economy, industries, and companies; and critical views to digitalisation
    • Platform economy: Platforms, ecosystems, two-sided markets, network effects, and platform launch and governance
    • Platform strategizing: Platform competition and opportunistic strategies
    • Trends: Changing topics and trends driving digitalisation, e.g. possibly such AI & ML, blockchains, quantum computing

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Participation in lectures (around 50% required, pass/fail)
    • Self-study online modules (pass/fail) 
    • Assignments OR exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Self-study online materials and assignments: 30h
    • Classroom hours + lecture self-reflection 30h
    • Pre-readings and lecture preparation 25h
    • Assignments OR exam preparation 45h
    • Total: 130h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, online videos, and a collection of articles delivered on MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces course CSE-E4660 / T-86.5310 ICT Enabled Service Business and Innovation (and its predecessor T-86.5300 Information and Communication Technology Enabled Commerce).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites but basic knowledge of IT business and information systems concepts are recommended.



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