Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law

Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Information Systems


Since its foundation in 1877, Technische Universität Darmstadt has played its part in addressing the urgent issues of the future with pioneering achievements and outstanding research and teaching.

TU Darmstadt focusses on selected, highly relevant problem areas. Technology is at the heart of all disciplines. The Natural Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities cooperate closely with Engineering.

In order to expand its expertise strategically, TU Darmstadt maintains a variety of partnerships with companies and research institutions. It is a vital driving force in the economic and technological development of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area.

Graduates from TU Darmstadt enjoy an excellent reputation in the business world. Outstanding performance makes the university one of the leading universities of technology in Germany and has led to international visibility. At present it is one of the world's top 100 universities for engineering and technology according to both THE World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings.

Students and academics at TU Darmstadt combine outstanding research with practical applicability. This is how excellent opportunities on all rungs of the career ladder are created.

Students are qualified for demanding jobs in science and business with courses that are research-oriented, but also prepare for the requirements of working life. Students evolve into creative, critical individuals. The international nature of our courses guarantees a formative experience and openness towards international students. A degree from TU Darmstadt bears a quality label that opens up the best career opportunities.

At TU Darmstadt, scientists will find a stimulating, highly supportive environment for both post-graduate work and further scientific careers. They work in international teams and in close cooperation with academic and corporate partners. TU Darmstadt’s culture of cooperation paves the way for outstanding achievements.

Bachelor Programs

The program is located at the intersection between business administration and informatics. Thus, it qualifies students to work in all kinds of areas ranging from business administration over consulting to programming. As a result, the chances on the job market are above average. Students develop the abilities to analyse business processes, organizational structures, and new developments from a technical and a business perspective. In addition, students learn to apply methods for evaluating IT investments and for planning IT projects. Among others, students are employed by companies from the software-, automotive- and media industry, in IT-controlling, in financial institutions or in consulting companies.

The bachelor programm consists of three pillars:

  1. Informatics and mathematics
  2. Information systems
  3. Business administration, economics, and law

4/3 principle

In addition to a sound education in law and business sciences, which corresponds to 2/3 of a regular program in business administration, our students complete 2/3 of a program in informatics. This results in the successful 4/3 principle from Darmstadt, which stands for a very challenging and interdisciplinary program.

Master Programs

Students from other programs have the opportunity to choose one of the following majors in information systems:

  1. IT-Controlling
  2. Information Systems and Information Management
  3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

 In these majors, important topics like entrepreneurship or innovation are discussed.

The master program builds on the bachelor program on information systems. Thus, it is located at the intersection between business administration and informatics, as well.

The master program is more research oriented, but still provides various opportunities to get in contact with companies (projects, thesis, seminars...). Students can select from various majors in business administration and informatics. As entrepreneurship becomes more and more important, in addition to traditional courses, we offer various courses on entrepreneurship.


Bachelor in Information Systems



In this course students get an overview of the basics of Software Business & Information Management. The contents include:


  • Basics of information systems (tasks and targets of information systems)
  • Technical aspects (hard- and software, information and digital goods, packaged software vs. custom software, network and data management)
  • Organisation of IT in companies (organisation of Information Management, Outsourcing and Offshoring, Cloud Computing, Standardization and the Standardization Problem)
  • IT investment decisions
  • Information as a “resource” for decision making




In this lab, students work in a team in cooperation with industry partners on a software project. The aims of this lab are

  • to experience the autonomous implementation of a software project under practice-oriented conditions,
  • to train the use of modern development methods and tools,
  • to fulfill various tasks within the project team,
  • to get soft skills in dealing with clients and with other team members.



Different Majors in Information Systems

Project seminar


In this course, students get an overview of the economic aspects of enterprise foundation (entrepreneurship). Theory and empirics of the evolution of markets represent another important topic. Moreover, this one week condensed course offers a practical forum to support the foundation of an enterprise respectively a Web Startup. Students get a feeling for real life venture creation by going through the steps of taking an idea from inception to launch. In the experiential learning seminar, the professor gives a lecture at the beginning of each day of the workshop. Then the teams work on case studies. Next, they present and discuss the findings related to the topic of that day. The methodology discussed in lecture and the case study is applied to the (IT) venture idea of the students. The students also have to deal with intercultural aspects of corporate foundations.


- Business Intelligence - Business applications - IT-architecture management and in particular service oriented architecture - IT-Integration after Mergers & Acquisitions - Organisation of Information Management - Standardization decisions in the context of Information Management - IT value proposition
The lecture covers principles of Internet Economics from a theoretical and applied perspective. The first chapter focuses on the characteristics of digital goods and the digital network economy. Using examples of software and media industries, digital value chains, digital rights management and multi-channel management are explained. In the second chapter the main principles of the software industry are presented. After a brief market overview strategies and organizational aspects of the software industry are focused. Following the importance of partnerships and acquisitions in the software industry is discussed using different examples. The effects of the centralization on the software industry will be worked out in the chapter on software clusters. In the chapters on sales and pricing strategies the current state of research and their impact on the practice is explained. The opportunities and challenges resulting from the characteristics of the digital market are also presented. New trends, such as Software as a Service and Cloud Computing complete the lecture. The lecture will be supplemented by guest lectures.


Have you met...

Professor Alexander Benlian is the Director of the Endowed Chair for Information Systems & E-Services at Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt) since 2012. His former academic position was University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), where he received his PhD and worked as Assistant Professor (Habilitand). In 2015, he received but turned down an appointment to an Endowed Chair in Information Systems (W3) from the University of Cologne. Between his PhD and assistant professorship, he worked two years as business consultant at McKinsey & Company for clients in the financial, telecommunications and software industry.

He is fascinated by paradigm-shifting phenomena emerging in and triggered through digital channels. In his research, he studies how firms can benefit from software platforms, cloud services and social buzz. Furthermore, he is interested in how users interact with novel IT-related concepts in the Internet such as web personalization, online communities, or viral loop triggers. Beyond this and more generally, he is interested in the fields of entrepreneurship, service research, behavioral economics and psychology, and prefers to work empirically.

Prof. Benlian has cooperated with scholars and companies around the globe in several research and consulting projects. He is also a committed entrepreneurship trainer who regularly gives workshops in developing countries on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to support economic development and employment creation programs.

His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner-oriented journals like Journal of Management Information SystemsJournal of Service ResearchJournal of the Association for Information SystemsMIS Quarterly Executive, and several others. According to national and international research rankings, he is regularly among the top 1% of Information Systems scholars worldwide (see ranking results below).



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