Competitive Intelligence

Competitive Intelligence

Organizations and organizational units increasingly employ competitive intelligence (CI) to support decisionmaking, management, and to build and sustain competitive advantages. As the formal practice of CI has grown in adoption and sophistication, information professionals are often charged with intelligence-related responsibilities. This course examines competitive intelligence models, functions, & practices; the roles of information professionals in CI, and the management of CI. Discussion and practice topics include: intelligence ethical & legal considerations; identifying intelligence needs; intelligence project management, research methods, analysis, production, and dissemination; the uses of intelligence; intelligence sources and tools; managing the intelligence function; and the evolution of CI. A working knowledge of print and electronic business information sources is recommended. Spring 2011 syllabus is posted. Spring 2012 syllabus will be posted when available.

Class Name Competitive Intelligence
Host School Simmons College
Class Identifier LIS 530M
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Cynthia Cheng Correia
Course Tool (Online) Moodle
Class Description Organizations and organizational units increasingly employ competitive intelligence (CI) to support decisionmaking, management, and to build and sustain competitive advantages. As the formal practice of CI has grown in adoption and sophistication, information professionals are often charged with intelligence-related responsibilities. This course examines competitive intelligence models, functions, & practices; the roles of information professionals in CI, and the management of CI. Discussion and practice topics include: intelligence ethical & legal considerations; identifying intelligence needs; intelligence project management, research methods, analysis, production, and dissemination; the uses of intelligence; intelligence sources and tools; managing the intelligence function; and the evolution of CI. A working knowledge of print and electronic business information sources is recommended. Spring 2011 syllabus is posted. Spring 2012 syllabus will be posted when available.
Class Disclaimer Asynchronous online class discussions that take place on Moodle will be based on the weekly recorded lecture, assigned readings, shared articles, and other material and topics introduced by either the instructor or students. Live online class meetings will be conducted every other week using an online meeting tool to be announced. These sessions may be recorded, but this cannot be guaranteed. We will schedule these meetings via class vote using Doodle before the course start date. These meetings will involve discussions and may include a brief overview of topics and concepts. We may schedule supplemental meetings, attendance for which is not required. Online meeting details will be posted on Moodle for each respective week. Weekly recorded lectures will also be posted for on Moodle for each respective week. Please allow 2 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.
Delivery Synchronous
Start and End Date January 19th, 2012 - May 5th, 2012
Start and End Time
(if synchronous)
tba - tba United States - Eastern
Days of Week
(of class meetings, if synchronous)
Last Add Day December 15th, 2011
Residency Start and End Date No Residency
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