Information Technology

Rajeev Kohli
Graduate School of Business . Columbia University



Information technology refers to the collection of tools that make it easier to use, create, manage and exchange information. The Internet is the latest of a long series of information technologies, which includes printing, mail, radio, television and the telephone.

The course comprises three parts. The first provides an overview of the current state of information technology, and more importantly, its use for and by business. The second examines the directions n which these technologies are being extended, nd the potential directions in which they may be eveloped. The third considers the strategic ilications of IT for future business practice. Student are expected to develop cutting edge expertise by the end of the course. Evaluation is based on two group projects (50%), three individual assignments (30%) and class participation (20%).


The key requirements for success in the course is a significant interest in IT, a willingness to think beyond traditional boundaries, and an ability to live with the uncertainty of business problems with no textbook solutions.