Lecture | Information Systems

Business Networks: Interorganizational Systems


Networks have become ubiquitous forms of organizing in and between economy, public administration and society at large. On the backdrop of this development this module introduces interorganizational systems and networks in a business context, yet with linkages to public administration (e.g. customs) and social networks. It aims to explore the contingencies and strategies that lie behind the evolution and use of interorganizational information infrastructures and applications (IOS). Further, students will examine the impact of IOS on distributed forms of value generation such as electronic markets and various types of networks. Drawing on case examples as well as theoretical concepts, a life cycle perspective of IOS management will be introduced. The implications of IOS will be discussed from various perspectives such as industry transformation, intermediation, strategic management, organization, information management and IS development. This discussion will be informed by theories addressing networking issues such as institutional economics, collective action or organization theory.

Learning outcomes

Academic: The course will provide students with analytical skills enabling them to explain the emergence of networks. Students should be able to both identify specific network management tasks (networkability) and apply prominent theories and frameworks to explain the impact of IOS. Soft skills: In addition to providing students with the capabilities to deal with academic concepts and literature reflectively, the course helps to further the students’ ability to take an active part in discussions. This ability is based on a combination of reading, thinking, writing, discussing and listening skills. Moreover, students will develop skills in applying these techniques to practical problems, e.g. through problem based learning exercises. Course assignments will be organized as group work, so that students can practice their collaboration skills and learn techniques for efficient collaboration.