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813620S Software Business and IT Management, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 813620S  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Software Business and IT Management  Abbreviation Software Busine 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Marianne Kinnula 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits/134 hours of work


Language of instruction 




1 st–2 nd year of Master’s studies, autumn semester, period 1


Learning outcomes 



After completing the course, the student:


  • Is able to assess the main problem areas in software business management and is able to describe how to manage these problems;
  • Is able to find, when needed, different kinds of tools for managing this diverse and ambiguous environment;
  • Is able to describe how to manage competent and creative persons who often have strong personalities; 
  • Is able to analyse a company situation in a continually changing, unpredictable and even hostile environment, and is able to make well-grounded recommendations for the company courses of action;
  • Understands the significance and role of IT decisions in business strategy.

The software business environment and context is complex and under continuous change. Competences and creativity of company employees are needed for creating value and growth to the company. Managing a software business is a challenging task as traditional, rational management models are often inadequate for the needs of the managers. In IT, management value is created through technology and alignment of technology and business strategies. Business and technology management need to work together.


This course provides an overview of the management of the software business in a software company. Aspects of management of SME companies are discussed as well as significance of IT management in an organisation.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching


Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 28–34h, an exam 25h, group work 30h, course assignments and independent work 44.5–50.5h.


Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic understanding of the software business is an advantage.

Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Refer to the course web pages.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Participation in lectures/exercises/seminars, course assignments, exam.



Person responsible 

Marianne Kinnula

Working life cooperation 



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