Free course

Information technology: A new era?

Free statement of participation on completion

Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances made by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have resulted in massive changes to our working lives. This free course, Information technology: A new era?, looks at whether it is possible to predict the future of this industry by comparing it to the development of the automobile industry in the USA.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the relationship between technological change and industrial revolutions
  • appreciate the pervasive effect that new technologies can have on the economy and, in particular, on productivity
  • understand how industry dynamics can be analysed using the ‘industrial life cycle’ model
  • use data and historical examples to support economic arguments.