Lecture | Information Systems

Collaboration Engineering


In the digital age, characterized by increasingly distributed and interactive creation of value, effective collaboration is a key factor for being successful on the market. Collaboration Engineering is a systemic approach for designing collaboration processes that can be applied by practitioners to complete recurring and important tasks at a high level of quality. The core aim of Collaboration Engineering is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of collaboration by maximizing the joint effort of all participants towards accomplishing a joint goal. Thus, Collaboration Engineering increases the quality of the generated results as well as the satisfaction among the involved participants.


In Collaboration Engineering the use of IT has shown to offer new tools for structuring collaboration activities. The use of such tools has already led to important changes in human collaboration in private and work settings, and is supposed to led to further changes in the future.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to teach the necessary theoretical foundations of Collaboration Engineering to the students, and to deepen and strengthen this knowledge by using Collaboration Engineering to structure a given or chosen collaboration process.

The core contents of the course are:

  • Theories and models of group collaboration,
  • Computer-supported collaborative work,
  • Methods and tools for designing group collaboration,
  • Applying Collaboration Engineering to solve a real-world problem.
Number of credit hours per week 6
Course eligibility Optional
Presence of students On-campus