15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: We will cover the principles and practices of gathering and synthesizing business intelligence from the external environment, including organisations, competitive intelligence operations, environmental scanning activities, market intelligence, and strategic intelligence using open source information. A secondary focus for the module is the role of BI software in organizations to collect and analyse internal information. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which business people use information and of how information is used to support strategic decision- making. Students will learn how to carry out effective searches using both free and fee-based resources, and will study key issues concerning the value, cost and availability of information. The module will concentrate primarily on external information resources but also covers the ways in which information internal to an organisation can be used strategically to enhance competitive advantage. Students will learn through a combination of lectures and practical exercises, and will have opportunities to develop expertise in using business-focused electronic information services.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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