Chair of Business Information Systems

Teaching

We currently provide the following lectures:

Digital Transformation
- Bachelor in Management
Management Information (MIS) / Business Information Systems (BIS)
- Master in Management
- Master in International Sales Management
Research Methods
- All MSc tracks

 

Digital Transformation

This module aims at providing an overview of the various aspects of digital transformation and reflects on the challenges and opportunities related to it. After the main drivers of digitalization - such as rapidly-changing technology trends and new customer behaviours - are discussed, potential digital business models are analysed. Furthermore, we talk about what working in the digital age looks like. These key elements, drivers, business models, and digital work, are imparted theoretically as well as practically, e.g., by working on concrete digital business cases.
Besides the various positive aspects of digital transformation, it is important to develop a critical view on it. In this way, students are taught to understand that it does not only count what is feasible from a technological point of view but also what is desirable from a human point of view. Thus, this module covers both the philosophy behind the issues related to digital transformation and the competences required to create it.

Management Information Systems (MIS) / Business Information Systems (BIS)

This module introduces various information technologies and we describe concepts, techniques, and issues related to the adoption of these technologies for a company´s business strategy. It is demonstrated how information systems are essential facilitators of market penetration, competitive advantage, and organizational change. Big Data, i.e., capturing, managing, and processing structured and unstructured data, is another key aspect which is examined in this module.
Students learn how firms are using information systems and information technologies to transform business models, apply Big Data analytics, develop new strategies, innovate with new services and products and achieve operational excellence. Analysing business processes, respective design options such as outsourcing, and related technology will strengthen the student`s understanding of the importance of management information systems. Depending on the programme, further potential topics are data security, cloud technology, and knowledge management.

Research Methods

This module aims at imparting essential research methods in the area of business administration and management and thereby provides the basics for preparing scientific works such as a master’s thesis. This involves formulating your own research question and properly embedding it into extant knowledge, setting up a research model, and choosing an appropriate research design to answer the research question. As a practical exercise, students are asked to develop the introduction of their master’s thesis during the course of this module.
Moreover, students learn to characterise and distinguish qualitative and quantitative research, to know how to collect and analyse data, and to properly communicate research results. Furthermore, ethical and sometimes even illegal aspects related to the research process such as plagiarism, data manipulation or cheating participants of experiments are discussed.
The module Research Methods is taught together with other professors. It is a mandatory module for all MSc candidates.