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.


The student has a high-level understanding of the scale, scope, and speed of the disruption and destruction that digitalization is having on firms, industries and societies, and technological enablers that are driving the change. Further, the student can describe the changes that digitalization brings at the level of industry structures and power, market dynamics and value chains. The student is also able to describe the main characteristics of (multisided) platforms and platform economy, why platform economy is different to traditional business, and the significance on platforms for the economy at large.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 24.10.2022 - 11.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Heiskala

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

Contact Mikko Heiskala by email in personal matters related to the course.

General course related questions should be posted in the course Discussion forum in MyCourses.

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:

    Enablers of digitalization, convergence, commoditization, consumerization (of IT), democratization, disaggregation, disintermediation, power of digital aggregators and intermediators, specialization, lowering entry barriers, servitization, datafication, mobility, social media. Platforms, platform economy, network effects, boundary resources and how they are used, governance of platforms, digital boost to platforms.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Online assignments

  • applies in this implementation

    • Assessment is based on online quizzes and workshops that are evaluated using peer-review. Workshop peer-reviews are also assessed.
      • Final grade (0-5) is based on total points with the following weighting:
        • Quizzes: 20%
        • Workshop 2: 20%
        • Workshop 3: 20%
        • Workshop 4: 20%
        • Peer-reviews for workshops 2, 3, and 4: 20% 
      • In order to pass the course, student has to complete all quizzes, workshops, and peer-reviews in due time (please refer to course schedule below)
      • Additionally, Workshop 1 & Feedback survey are compulsory for passing the course

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Independent self-study and online assignments: 55h

  • applies in this implementation

    Study activityWorkload
    Pre-reading articles   
    5 * 3h
    Videos + quizzes7 * 1h
    Workshops 1 & 43h
    Workshops 2 & 39h
    Course workload55h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Online material available via MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Cannot be taken with CS-E5310 ICT Enabled Service Business and Innovation.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II-II

    2021-2022 Autumn II-II

    Course Homepage:

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

  • applies in this implementation

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    M1: Introduction to digitalizationM2: Introduction to platform economy
    Workshop 1Thu 20.10. 10:00Sun 30.10. 23:00
    M1: Online learning materialsMon 24.10. 10:00-M2: Online learning materialsMon 24.10. 10:00-
    Quizzes 1-4Mon 24.10. 10:00Tue 8.11. 23:00
    Workshop 2Mon 24.10. 10:00Tue 8.11. 23:00
    Workshop 2: peer-reviewWed 9.11. 10:00Tue 15.11. 23:00Quizzes 5-7Mon 24.10. 10:00Mon 28.11. 23:00
    Workshop 3Mon 24.10. 10:00Mon 28.11. 23:00
    Workshop 4Mon 24.10. 10:00Mon 28.11. 23:00
    Workshop 3: peer-reviewTue 29.11. 10:00Sun 4.12. 23:00
    Feedback surveyTue 29.11. 10:00Sun 4.12. 23:00Workshop 4: peer-reviewTue 29.11. 10:00Sun 4.12. 23:00