Taking on the challenge of IT management in a global business context : The Alcan Case

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CASE STUDY. This case describes the evolution of IT management at Alcan during the period from 2006-2007. At that time, IT governance and the IT function itself were undergoing a complete transformation. The case follows the Vice-President of Corporate Information Technology from the time of his arrival at Alcan: his observations on the current state of IT management, his appointment to the position of Chief Information Officer and the development of his new strategic plan for IT management.

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This case describes the evolution of IT management at Alcan during the period from 2006-2007. At that time, IT governance and the IT function itself were undergoing a complete transformation. The case follows the Vice-President of Corporate Information Technology from the time of his arrival at Alcan: his observations on the current state of IT management, his appointment to the position of Chief Information Officer and the development of his new strategic plan for IT management. Part A presents the main features and challenges of IT management at Alcan up until the middle of 2006. Part B continues with the main concepts and elements of the CIO’s new strategic plan for IT management. Students are encouraged to reflect on the characteristics, implications and challenges represented by IT management in a large global organization. Also available in French here.

Two parts-case

  • Part A
  • Part B (included only for Enseignement par professeurs/Distribution Corporative)

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Teaching notes are available for professors. Contact HEC Montreal Case Centre.

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