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Description: Analysis of the underlying economics of information with management implications. Studies effects of digitization and technology on industry, organizational structure, and business strategy. Examines pricing, bundling, and versioning of digital goods, including music, video, software, and communication services. Considers the managerial implications of social networks, search, targeted advertising, personalization, privacy, network externalities, open source, and alliances. Discusses key principles. Includes case studies, industry speakers, and a team project.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Erik Brynjolfsson
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Description: Addresses key sustainability challenges faced by business and society. Explores alternative ways to view organizations that draw attention to cross-boundary interdependencies and help leaders at all levels develop their capacity to collaborate for systemic change. Develops skills to help students surface and reflect on mental models and practices that keep organizations stuck in unproductive system dynamics. Weaves together theory, experiential practices, guest speakers, and action learning projects that enable teams of students to work with organizations on systemic change initiatives.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Sinead O'Flanagan
  • Wanda Orlikowski
  • Peter Senge
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Description: Provides a detailed, applied perspective on the theory and practice of digital marketing and social media analytics in the age of big data. Covers concepts such as the difference between earned and paid media, predictive modeling for ad targeting and customer relationship management, measuring and managing product virality, viral product design, native advertising, and engaging the multichannel experience. Stresses the theory and practice of randomized experimentation, AB testing and the importance of causal inference for marketing strategy. Combines lectures, case studies, and guest speakers with relevant industry experience that speak directly to the topics at hand.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Sinan Aral
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Description: Designed to help students understand how the digital economy forces companies to rethink their business strategies--and architect their processes, products, and information. Explores how firms use technology to simplify unnecessary complexity while capitalizing on the value-adding complexity inherent to more global, more integrated, more connected enterprises. Includes case studies about large enterprises using IT to transform how they do business, with guest executives from those enterprises responding to student discussions. Student teams work on consulting projects for major corporaitons.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Jeanne Ross
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Description: Examines the assumptions, concepts, theories, and methodologies that inform research into the social aspects of information technology. Extensive reading and discussion of research literature aimed at exploring micro, group, and macro level social phenomena surrounding the development, implementation, use and implications of information technology in organizations. Primarily for doctoral students.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Wanda Orlikowski
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Description: Group study of current topics related to information technology.

Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Sinan Aral
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Professor(s) who recently taught this course:

  • Sinan Aral
  • Erik Brynjolfsson
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Programs

Information Technology does frontier research on the economic, business and organizational implications of digital technologies. PhD Program participants are expected to acquire a solid grasp of underlying information technologies and principles of information theory, along with their organizational and economic implications. Students and faculty address research questions raised by the emerging digital economy, the transformation of organizations and markets, and opportunities for new business models.

 

IT is inherently multi-disciplinary. Study in this area utilizes faculty with backgrounds in economics, management science, computer science, organizational behavior and psychology. The MIT Center for Digital Business, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the MIT Center for Information Systems research are among the resources available to students to conduct innovative IT research in a wide variety of areas.

 

Learn more about the PhD program at MIT Sloan.

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