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Cologne Institute for Information Systems

Cologne, NRW, Germany
Information Systems

Summary

The Institute for Information Systems at the University of Cologne is designed to prepare students for technical and managerial careers. We research and teach the social and technical design, development, implementation, and management of state-of-the-art computer-based and web-based business information systems.

Our mission is to educate capable professionals who can effectively develop, manage, and enhance business information systems for better operations and decision making within an increasingly digitalized business environment.

In Cologne, Information Systems focuses on three main areas:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Science
  • Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Sustainable Society“

Four research groups investigate information technologies in various different contexts and industries related to these areas:

  • Digital Transformation and Analytics
  • Information Systems and Information Management
  • Information Systems and Integrated Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Systems Development
  • Information Systems for Sustainable Society

Our main objectives are:

  • the advancement of theories, methods and tools obtaining intersubjectively verifiable knowledge about Information Systems
  • the design of Information Systems as well as the necessary (further) development of concepts, procedures, models, methods, tools and (modeling) languages
  • the achievement of a real-world understanding of use, acceptance, management and controllability of Information Systems as well as their respective system elements
  • the primarily economically science-based assessment of risk, benefit and economies of scale in the design and implementation of Information Systems and the changes in value added processes as well as the associated strategic and organizational impacts on individuals, groups, businesses, industries and economic areas
  • the prognosis of technical and non-technological developments and the impact of the use of Information Systems

The study of Information Systems is not without reason of great, ever-growing popularity: the focus is on the development and application of information and communication systems in business enterprises. The courses combine theoretical knowledge of many disciplines with the application-oriented orientation towards system solutions for operational challenges. In many working and living world contexts, with its innovative power, business informatics makes an important contribution to the product and (business) process design under economic conditions.

Information Systems is not only exciting but also strongly in demand on the labor market. Our graduates are successfully employed in various sectors (business consulting, management of system development and information management) and internal areas. They act at the interface between business processes and the technically embedded system environment.

These unique professional perspectives are also confirmed by consistently high positioning in rankings such as the “Wirtschaftswoche”, which surveys HR departments of German companies to find out which universities they consider the best.

Studying in an open minded city in the heart of Europe offers many possibilities.

Bachelor Programs

This bachelor’s programme in Information Systems is a combined course in cooperation with the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, which is administered by the Faculty of Management, Ecomomics and Social Sciences (in short: WiSo Faculty). The standard period is six semesters with 180 ECTS.

This field combines theoretical knowledge of various disciplines with the application oriented alignment with system solutions for corporative challenges. The discipline of Information Systems and its innovative strength is essential to develop solutions in product- and process design of businesses under economic conditions in many working contexts.

Master Programs

The master’s programme consists of 120 ECTS and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of Information Systems. The Core and Advanced Section of the master programme contains 18 credit points. This area covers the methodological and content-specific basics of information systems. The Specialisation Section, where students altogether complete 48 credit points, includes modules from information systems and computer sciences as well as two specialisation seminars. The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specialising or by diversifying knowledge. Altogether an area of 24 credit points has to be completed, in which modules from business administration, economics and social sciences are available to students.

In the IS-related SPecialization section, students can focus on one of the following three main areas:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Science
  • Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Sustainable Society

For those interested in research, a doctoral programme under the supervision of one of the chairs in Information Systems is possible. As a fast track option, courses that are credited within the promotion are already possible during the master’s programme.

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Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He previously held positions as inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation, Leader, Digital Innovation Research Group, and Visiting Professor, Wuhan School of Software. When he was first promoted to Full Professor in 2012, he was one of Australia’s youngest professors in its history. in 2018, he was named an AIS Fellow, making him the youngest ever IS academic to receive this award.

Jan Recker holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Systems from the University of Münster and a PhD in Information Systems from Queensland University of Technology. His theses received multiple national and international awards.

Jan is one of the University of Cologne’s most cited scholars and one of QUT’s most read authors. He has written over 200 journal articles, conference papers and books, and has been speaking at universities and events all over the globe. Being primarily a field researcher, he has worked both with several of the largest organizations, including Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, federal and state governments, and also with several particularly small ("start-up") organizations.

Broadly speaking, his research addresses questions of design, representation, and process, often in combination. He has for instance studied the role of representations for systems design processes and outcomes. He has also been studying venture design processes and how they are changed through novel representations offered by digital technology, and how socio-technical systems can be re-designed to be able to enact more sustainable processes.
Jan's research in these areas draws on quantitative, qualitative and mixed field methods. He is also competent in design research and associated methods.

Jan's current interests include:

  • changes to systems design practices in the digital age
  • digital entrepreneurship and digital venture design
  • digital innovation and change in especially large organizations
  • digitalization of organizational routines and processes
  • digital solutions for a sustainable future
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Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He previously held positions as inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation, Leader, Digital Innovation Research Group, and Visiting Professor, Wuhan School of Software. When he was first promoted to Full Professor in 2012, he was one of Australia’s youngest professors in its history. in 2018, he was named an AIS Fellow, making him the youngest ever IS academic to receive this award.

Jan Recker holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Systems from the University of Münster and a PhD in Information Systems from Queensland University of Technology. His theses received multiple national and international awards.

Jan is one of the University of Cologne’s most cited scholars and one of QUT’s most read authors. He has written over 200 journal articles, conference papers and books, and has been speaking at universities and events all over the globe. Being primarily a field researcher, he has worked both with several of the largest organizations, including Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, federal and state governments, and also with several particularly small ("start-up") organizations.

Broadly speaking, his research addresses questions of design, representation, and process, often in combination. He has for instance studied the role of representations for systems design processes and outcomes. He has also been studying venture design processes and how they are changed through novel representations offered by digital technology, and how socio-technical systems can be re-designed to be able to enact more sustainable processes.
Jan's research in these areas draws on quantitative, qualitative and mixed field methods. He is also competent in design research and associated methods.

Jan's current interests include:

  • changes to systems design practices in the digital age
  • digital entrepreneurship and digital venture design
  • digital innovation and change in especially large organizations
  • digitalization of organizational routines and processes
  • digital solutions for a sustainable future
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