MG304      Half Unit
Digital Platform Innovation

This information is for the 2014/15 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Carsten Sorensen NAB 3.11


This course is available on the BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course provides students with both practical and theoretical insights into the dynamics of large-scale digital service platforms and their associated ecosystems. The course will begin by exploring the span of business innovation challenges from securing intimate user-technology relationships to the establishment and control of global service ecosystems based on digital platforms. The course examines the components, operations and trends of digital ecosystems, for example focusing on the role of large distributed datasets applied for organisational intelligence of various forms. The course, furthermore, considers social networks both in terms of large distributed datasets, and as innovation platforms relying on associated service ecosystems. The course addresses the general challenges of business digitalisation and platformisation with specific focus on mobile smartphone and tablet platforms. The course will conclude with a broader consideration of digital infrastructures and the dynamics associated with their innovation and growth.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

The classes will engage students in discussions and they will form the foundation for checking, on a continuous basis, the progression of student understanding. Classes will entail small assignments and written and oral feedback will be given during the classes.

Indicative reading

Benkler, Y. (2006): The Wealth of Networks. Yale University Press

Frischmann, B. M. (2012): Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources. OUP USA.

Gawer (2009): Platforms, Markets and Innovation. Edward Elgar.

Kallinikos, J. (2006): The Consequences of Information. Edward Elgar

Leonardi, P. M., B. A. Nardi, & J. Kallinikos, ed. (2012): Materiality and Organizing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mansell, R. (2012): Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation, and Governance. OUP Oxford.

Sørensen, C. (2011): Enterprise Mobility. Palgrave

Zittrain, J. (2008): The Future of the Internet. Allen Lane


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2013/14: Unavailable

Average class size 2013/14: Unavailable

Capped 2013/14: No

Lecture capture used 2013/14: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Application of information skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills