Business Strategy and Information Systems


  • College 8, Rm 240


  • Lecture: Tu/Th 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Office Hours: Tu/Th after class or by appointment

Instructor: Safwan Shah

TA: Jing Du

Course Description

This course is designed to develop critical thinking on the role of information systems in shaping business strategy - from inception through growth, adaptation and survival. There is no aspect of modern business that is not touched by information systems - this course will dig deeper into a variety of issues, challenges and opportunities that are faced by a CIO (Chief Information Officer) of a company.

This course gives you a clear understanding on how information systems can become the rocket fuel for growth in a company. You will learn how to think strategically about information systems and how to operationalize any aspect of business process and opportunity. Special topics like cloud computing, big data, automated data centers, SAAS, IAAS, PAAS. … etc. will be discussed.

The pervasive focus of the class is towards developing strategic thinking to efficiently model and operationalize a business using information systems. This is not a programming or IT course, but rather a series of ideas on how the modern corporation is shaped and chiseled by the quality of its information systems.


This class is designed for seniors who have taken the majority of requirements for the TIM major. The only official prerequisite is TIM/ISM 50, but a certain level of maturity is required to complete the case study and project requirements for this class.


Corporate Information Strategy and Management, 8th edition, Lynda Applegate, Robert Austin, Deborah Soule, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780073402932.

Note: Readings from this version of the text are critical to the class, as some of the cases and topics have changed since previous versions.

We will follow the outline and cases of the text fairly closely, and students are expected to read the assigned chapter or case before each class.

Instructors and Assistants