The case that you will use for this and the following two modules is another case that is coincidentally also Canadian in origin but in a very different business environmentâ€”the aluminum business (spelled here “aluminium” in the British fashionâ€”you may use whichever spelling you choose.) It describes the analysis of the company’s IT systems and management performed by a new vice president of corporate information technologies, in all its complexity and magnificent variety. Throughout this case, issues of hardware, software, and management are intertwined, just as they are in real corporate life. One of your tasks will be to disentangle some of these issues for separate consideration in light of what you know and need to know. As we noted in our course overview, it’s taken for granted that hardware, software, and management (sometimes referred to as “wetware”) are all involved in a complex sociotechnical dance in which changes in any one element inevitably call forth changes in the othersâ€”preferably planned, but often unplanned, and not infrequently unanticipated. Thus, while your focus in this module will be primarily on hardware and networking, you’ll inevitably find yourself thinking about other dimensions of the problems as well. That’s all to the good, but try to keep a focus on the primary issues in each of these three modules. There’s plenty of time to concentrate on issues of integration as the course wraps up.
Please read the Alcan case; it is in two parts:
Dube, L., Bernier, C. and Roy, V. (2009) Taking on the Challenge of IT Management in a Global Business Context: The Alcan Case â€“ Part A. International Journal of Case Studies in Management. 7(2):May. HEC020.
Dube, L., Bernier, C. and Roy, V. (2009) Taking on the Challenge of IT Management in a Global Business Context: The Alcan Case â€“ Part B. International Journal of Case Studies in Management. 7(2):May. HEC021.
Use information from the course background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find. Please cite all sources and provide a reference list (use APA format) at the end of your paper.
Your answer to the following will be assessed:
What are the pros and cons of the current Alcan technology infrastructure?
What are the pros and cons of the new Alcan technology infrastructure proposed by Robert Ouelette?
Please suggest additional improvements of infrastructure for this case and justify your suggestions.
Length: Minimum 3â€“5 pages excluding cover page and references (since a page is about 300 words, this is approximately 900 â€“1,500 words).
Assignment-driven criteria (25 points): Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject and addresses all key elements of the assignment.
Critical thinking (10 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of required material.
Scholarly writing (5 points): Demonstrates writing proficiency at the academic level of the course; addresses the Learning Outcomes of the assignment.
Quality of references (4 points) and assignment organization (3 points): Uses relevant and credible sources to support assertions. Assignment is well organized and follows the structure of a well-written paper.
Citing sources (3 points): Uses in-text citations and properly formats references in APA style.
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