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Management of Emerging Technologies


Module description

Blockchain is a new technology with widespread applications and important impacts on organisations and society. By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet. Originally devised for the digital currency, a multitude of other actual and potential uses of the technology are emerging.

In this module we give you an overview of the fundamentals of blockchain and its impacts on public and private organisations. The module is multidisciplinary, reflecting the diverse applications and impacts of the technology. You will learn about how blockchain works and about its applications in areas such as banking and finance, management systems, government regulation and infrastructure development.

Indicative syllabus

  • What are emerging digital technologies?
  • Adoption of emerging digital technologies: theory and practice
  • Managing emerging digital technologies part 1: measuring the digital maturity of organisations and forecasting the impact of emerging digital technologies
  • Managing emerging digital technologies part 2: strategy development, implementation, skills and people, organisation structure (teleworking and virtual organisation)
  • Emerging digital technologies and entrepreneurship
  • An overview of the current landscape of emerging digital technologies part 1: DLT, the IoT, cybersecurity
  • An overview of the current landscape of emerging digital technologies part 2: data and artificial intelligence
  • The future landscape of emerging digital technologies: the challenge of quantum technology
  • Policy and emerging digital technologies

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand how the adoption of emerging digital technologies affects markets, companies and government as well as the associated management challenges and opportunities
  • apply basic economic and management theory to develop an in-depth understanding of the character and impacts of emerging digital technologies
  • demonstrate knowledge of the current landscape of emerging digital technologies
  • analyse and evaluate how the application of selected emerging digital technologies is managed
  • critically discuss the broader societal effects of the application of digital technologies
  • evaluate the prospects of managing the challenges of future emerging technologies.