IY1443 Strategy and business models in technology-intensive businesses

Single subject course, 7,5 Higher education credits, First cycle, spring semester 2021


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The course aims to develop the student’s knowledge of strategy and business models, as well as the connection between them, and with a focus on technology-intensive businesses. The course also aims to develop the student’s ability to use appropriate models and tools to analyze and develop strategies and business models within technology-intensive businesses.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 50%
  • Application code: BTH-M5813
  • Period : 2021-March-29 until 2021-June-06
  • Education level: G1F
  • Application: Apply via universityadmissions.se
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Industrial Economics and Management
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Link to welcome letter from responsible teacher will be posted here no later than 3 weeks before the course begins.
  • Entry requirements: Completed courses of 30 credits in technology of which at least 6 credits in industrial economics and management.


The course is introduced with an overview of the different schools of strategic management. Starting with the classical strategic management theory and extend to frameworks such as “resource-based view”, “knowledge-based view” and “attention-based view” on different resources and competences as the key basis for competitiveness. The course moves to the digital era where practical and ethical issues pose new challenges to the strategic managers of today. The course uses theory and research to explore ways in which the contextual element of business models may be understood and acted upon. To highlight the differences in demands on the leadership in technology-intensive business, different leadership styles in big corporations as well as in small new ventures with quite different types of objectives are discussed.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• grasp key concepts in strategic management research and practice.
• understand strategic decision making in knowledge and technology intensive industries.
• understand implications of digitalization on strategy, organizational structure and business models in technology-intensive industries.
Competence and skills

• use theories, models and concepts to analyze complex practical issues and suggest appropriate solutions.
• integrate different models and concepts in a coherent analysis of a strategic situation.
• present their analysis and conclusion by using the theoretical foundation; articulate their argument clearly and unambiguously to a top management team.
Judgement and approach

• integrate theories learnt from the course into coherent problem solving or analysis and draw adequate conclusions from the problem solving or analysis.
• competently and convincingly develop recommendations to strategic action in a technology-intensive business environment.

Course literature and other teaching material

John Gibe and Thomas Kalling, Business Models and Strategy, ISBN 9789144129808, Studentlitteratur
A list of articles will be used as course compendium.

Course literature and other teaching material

John Gibe and Thomas Kalling, Business Models and Strategy, ISBN 9789144129808, Studentlitteratur
A list of articles will be used as course compendium.

Learning methods

Lectures are the basic element of the course, with lots of discussions and two specific group assignments. Examination is based on both the two group assignments and an individual home exam.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


Course Manager
  1. Wen Pan Fagerlin

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.



The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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