Denmark, Aarhus

Digital Business Innovation & Social Media - course closed

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 680

The course explores two key areas of knowledge related to digital economies. Firstly, from a broad perspective, it focuses on understanding how business professionals use digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures for fostering innovation in business models, products and services. Students learn how to conceptualise and identify key digital technologies, platforms and infrastructures, and how to adopt and adapt these solutions to particular organisational needs to foster business innovation. Mobile technologies, cloud computing, e-commerce, big data analytics, apps and cognitive computing are among the topics to be discussed in the course.

Secondly, from a more specialised perspective, the course focuses on explaining how social media in particular are used in organisational contexts for knowledge management, collaboration, innovation and marketing. Students are prepared to identify and choose social media tools (such as social networks, blogs, mini-blogs, mashups, file sharing, wiki tools, forums, reputation tools, social bookmarking etc.) which are aligned with corporate business strategies. Special attention is given to discuss examples related to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, SlideShare, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube,, Technorati, Amazon and eBay rating systems, among others.

In the sphere of social media, the course also discusses how social and organisational structures and institutions affect the outcomes on using social technologies, and the ethical implications of interacting through these interfaces. The course also explores the risks of social media, from damaging reputation to breaking privacy rules and risking liabilities for mismanagement of information, and risk management approaches for social media.

The course blends theoretical frameworks, academic research and industry case studies and reports, preparing students to understand how digital technologies enable business innovation and knowledge creation and sharing. Through lectures, presentations and workshops, students explore relevant theories and case studies to understand digital business innovation in general and social media tools in particular. Students thus have an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to be used to solve real problems involving digital business innovation and social media solutions.

Course leader

Magda Hercheui

Target group

Bachelor's Level

Fee info

EUR 680: Any student with a preapproval from a Danish Institution or a nomination from an International Partner: No Fee

EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 680 EUR

NON-EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination: 1445 EUR

Books, course materials, social programme, and housing are not included in the fee.