Management and Economics of Digital Innovation

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG250
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we will no longer be offering this course in summer 2020. Please check our latest news on this situation here.

Digital innovations transform the ways in which companies and individuals create and share information, offer innovative value creation propositions, define new economics patterns, and make possible unique business models.

Analysing the core managerial and economic strategies underpinning the success of the most recent digital innovation such as platforms and ecosystems; artificial intelligence algorithms; blockchain technologies; and gamification, the course provides unique resources to understand how digital innovations change the economic dynamics of the contemporary economy and e-business practices.

This is a management course, and not a technical course, and is mainly directed at undergraduate students. It focuses on the effective application of digital innovations in business. Students will gain a good understanding of how successful companies are taking advantage of digital innovations, as well as an understanding of the main challenges and risks associated with digital innovations models and strategies.

Session: Two
Dates: 13 July – 31 July 2020
Lecturer:  Dr Antonio Cordella 


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One written examination and coursework

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


A university level introductory course in management, economics, business studies, marketing, information systems or computer science. Students would benefit from some knowledge of elementary business and information technology.

Programme structure

  • The management and economics of Digital Innovations – framing of the context.
  • Economic theories – network economics; transaction costs theory; pricing theory.
  • Strategic management for Digital Innovations – value creation in the networked economy; innovative business models.
  • Platforms and ecosystems.
  • Business cases – Artificial intelligence; Blockchain; Gamification.
  • Digital innovations and pricing – innovation in price dynamics.
  • Digital Innovations environment – organisational, legal, ethical and security issues.

Course outcomes

  • Understand what digital innovation is and how it shapes the contemporary economy.
  • Lear the fundamental theories, framework, and strategies of management and economics that underpin digital innovations business evolution.
  • Understand how leading cases of digital innovations generate value and the associated challenges.
  • Recognise the complexity of factors that shape digital innovations business models.


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

Chaffey, D., e-Business and e-Commerce Management, (Sixth Edition) Harlow, England: Pearson Education, (2014)

The course will also make extensive use of case studies and practical exercises.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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