Information and Society - 1st semester


LO1 . Understand the importance of information in today´s society;
LO2 . Understand the impact of information technology in organizations, as well as its strategic relevance;
LO3 . Explain the role of the analytical processes as tools for competitiveness and entrepreneurial innovation;
LO4 . Understand the meaning and impact of Big Data;
LO5 . Understand the economic principles governing information and technology;
LO6 . Explain the role of the information in changing citizenship and the citizens´ role.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Fernando Bação (NOVA IMS)


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Big data and the democratization of decisions. A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. London: The Economist.
Carr, N. (2003) “IT Doesn’t Matter”, Harvard Business Review, May, pp. 41-49
Castells, M. (2010) The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Digital economy rankings 2010, beyond e-readiness. A report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. London:The Economist.
McAfee, A., Brynjolfsson, E. (2008) \"Investing in the IT That Makes a Competitive Difference.\" Harvard Business Review (86:7/8), pp. 98-107.
McKinsey Global Institute (2013) Disruptive Technologies: Advances that will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy, New York: McKinsey Global Institute.
Shapiro, C.; Varian, H.R. (1999) Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
World Economic Forum (2015)“ICTs for inclusive growth” Global Information Technology Report. Geneva:WEF

Teaching method

The course is based on theoretical/practical sessions. The sessions include the presentation of concepts and themes followed by a discussion with the students.

Evaluation method

1st Season - Project (50%), exam (50%),
2nd Season - Project (50%), exam (50%)

Subject matter

UA1. Data, information and knowledge;
UA2. Fundamentals of Information Literacy;
UA3. The Information Society and the impact of the digital revolution;
UA4. The Seven Laws of information;
UA5. Information as a resource;
UA6. The importance of information technology in business competitiveness;
UA7. Information and the quality of decision-making, intuition versus model-based decision;
UA8. Information and analytical processes as a competitive strategy;
UA9. Big Data, definition, characteristics and consequences;
UA10. Principles of Information Economy;
UA11. Technology and its implications;
UA12. The digital divide;
UA13. Open data;
UA14. Opening Data to the Citizens;
UA15. The Citizen as Data Producer;
UA16. Potentially disruptive information technologies.


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