Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 08.10.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • 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 for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is open for Aalto students. The number of participants will be limited (80). Registrations will be

    prioritized in the following order:

    1) the students of CCIS / SSE major;

    2) students that have the course as a mandatory or elective part of their major or minor;

    3) all other students based on registration order.


    NOTE: Cannot be taken with CS-EJ5311 Digital Platform Economy.


    Minor changes to the course information are possible. Check MyCourses before the course begins.


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Via WebOodi