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Faculty of Economic Sciences, Department of Information Systems

Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Information Systems

Summary

Founded in 1737, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. 

Information Systems at the University of Göttingen is rooted in the Faculty of Economic Sciences, and is led by three chairs and one junior professor (assistant professor), making it one of the largest Information Systems departments in Germany.

The focal point of the Information Systems programme is to address business issues with the help of information and communication systems. Courses are available for students of all levels, from bachelor’s to doctoral students.

In terms of research, our professors dedicate themselves to the development and evaluation of innovative information systems (design science research) as well as the analysis of emerging phenomena in the context of existing information systems (behavioural research). Facultuy members have published in journals such as Information Systems Research (ISR), Information Systems Journal (ISJ), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) and Decision Support Systems (DSS).

Bachelor Programs

Business Information Systems deals with the way in which IT solutions are structured, developed or implemented for business processes and the supply of information. Along with this, the degree programme takes the integration of private individuals and public administration into account. Study foci are the conception of application systems and e-business solutions as well as the management of information processing. In the master's degree programme that follows and builds upon this programme, deeper knowledge can be gained in further specialised subjects. The programme provides students with a solid foundation in general and subject-specific career skills and lays the academic foundation for advanced studies, such as enrolment in a master's programme.

Master Programs

The objective of the programme is to equip students with a sound understanding of business information systems and to prepare them for working in positions with analytical demands in the IT branch and other industrial and service companies. In order to implement new business ideas and improvements, business information systems must continually developed. Students therefore learn how to actively create business information systems by means of internet-based solutions and to constructively implement their own concepts in the operative system. A balance of theoretical and practical knowledge and methodical competence as well as the integration of research content provides students the tools they need to question the traditional methods and develop innovative solutions.

PhD Programs

The PhD program "Design of mobile Information Systems within the Digital Transformation" is a structured PhD program with a focus on design-oriented business information research (Design Science Research). A cooperation of the TU Braunschweig, the University of Göttingen, the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Hannover University of Applied Sciences offer this program. The program is funded as a PhD program of Lower Saxony (Niedersächsisches Promotionsprogramm) of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture. 

The program offers an extensive range of courses offerings enabling the doctoral students to work independently on their doctorate.

The research work of our doctoral candidates aim to gain scientific insight, which is drawn from IT based problem solving. To achieve this the program doesn't solely focuses on empirical research methods and theories, but also emphasizes the cooperation and informational exchange between scientific research and professional experiences (so called Engaged Scholarship).

From a scientific perspective, the design-oriented information systems research is producing theories of highest practical relevance. Thus a practically orientated focus on the design of mobile information systems is of high importance.

The program concentrates on the two key application domains "sustainability, energy sector and mobility" and "mobile businesses, in particular mobile finance". Research in these two domains will be conducted in the context of the phenomenon of digital transformation. Hence these domains will be addressed in the context of changing technologies, as well as societal, political and regulatory aspects.

Courses

Business Information Systems (B.Sc.)

Lecture

Digitalization has massively affected value creation processes and structures of established businesses and created new economic sectors. This lecture deals with convergent markets (e.g. telecommunication, energy, media) and the challenges, opportunities and risks for companies in these markets resulting from digitalization. The second focal point of this lecture are digital companies and their idiosyncratic approaches to production, organization, co-opetition, marketing and business model configuration from a technological and theoretical perspective.

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Project seminar
This project seminar covers problems at the intersection of auditing and business informatics. The seminar teaches skills in auditing from an financial as well as from an business-informatics-perspective. Participants will be divided into groups of financial and DP-auditors and work on a study case. Results will be documented, presented and vindicated by the participants at the ende of the course.
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Lecture
Corporate decision-making is based on data and information. It is therefore important that this resource is available in an adequate form and at the right time and place. Each employee produces and uses data and information and thus contributes to their quantity and quality. It is therefore important that employees are basically familiar with the internal information proc-essing. This course covers the fundamentals of internal data and information processing. Basic tech-nical principles of information processing, a selection of information and communication sys-tems used in industry and services, as well as selected aspects of the management of informa-tion processing will be discussed. During the practical course students will learn how to use Microsoft-Office (Version 2010). This includes preparing well-formatted documents (e. g. bachelor thesis), presentations (e. g. for the course Companies and Markets), an Excel-sheet with consistent data (e. g. for budget management), as well as using simple data bases (e. g. for designing a query to determine clients that have bought a specific product).
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Lecture
This lecture shows how industrial enterprises use Information and Communication Systems (ICS) in the areas of R&D, material sourcing, production, distribution, shipment, storage and logistics, marketing, material managements and controlling. Furthermore, the integrated information processing is demonstrated using the examples of Supply Chain, Customer Relationship Management and SAP.
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Lecture
This lecture covers a selection of applications from the areas of banking, insurance, tourism, health care and media distribution. DP-applications for investment consultancy and security trading as well as applicationd of the execution of payment transactions will be discussed. Furthermore, agency systems in insurance business, travel-booking systems of airlines and content management systems for journals and websites are part of the agenda of this course.
 404
Lecture
The course Management of Business Information Systems covers the product-oriented organisation of business information processing. “Product” refers to an application system, or rather an entire landscape of application systems that have to be designed and organised. The course focuses on conveying procedures, methods and concrete instruments that allow for a logical-conceptual design of application systems.
 390
Project seminar
Project teams will work on business projects in the SAP® ERP system. Depending on the topic, this includes: developing a concept, modelling the processes, customizing the modules, displaying the relations between components, as well as project management. Students are required to be highly motivated and have extensive methodical background. Every project team will report on their project progress during the weekly meetings. At the seminar’s end, every team is expected to hand in a project documentation.
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Project seminar
The project seminar covers the practical development of application systems. After giving students an overview of the theoretical foundations, project teams will design parts of an application, which they will implement with the help of a development environment. This includes creating a concept, modelling the processes, functions and data, the prototypic implementation, presenting the results and applied project management. Students will adopt team working, communication, organisational and presentation skills. Students are required to be highly motivated and have an extensive methodological background. Course alternatives Development of web applications (winter semester) Development of mobile applications (summer semester)
 400
Seminar
Available Topics - Examining the intention-behavior gap in technology acceptance research: A meta-analytic review - Big Data in the automotive industry - Increased Usage of Electric Vehicles Through Gamification - Emotional Priming Through IS - Analysis of Smart Parking Applications - Information Systems as a Driver for Sustainability in Smart Cities - Understanding the Nature of Digital Innovation - e-Business in network context: A literature review and an agenda for research - Disruptive Business Models for Future Mobility - Developing a System for the Analysis of GPS Data - The Benefits of IS to Boost the Acceptance of Electric Vehicles
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Block seminar
The course offers a selection of research topics from the areas of business informatics, informatics and business studies. Students are expected to write a paper and present its results in the seminar. This course is a good preparation for the final thesis. The course takes place in the form of a compact course. Students have to participate on all dates.
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Seminar
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Business Information Systems (M. Sc.)

Block seminar

The course discusses the practical use of empirical research methods concerning information management and business economics. This course is aimed toward students and postgraduates with a focus on Business Informatics, Marketing, and Administration. Participants will be provided with the necessary tools for empirically founded work for term papers or dissertations.

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Lecture

This course introduces theoretical foundations and practical applications of IT systems that support managerial decision making. It covers Business Intelligence (BI) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) and has a focus on both benefits and limitations of corresponding approaches. The course provides insights into concepts behind decision making, the various phases of the decision making process and DSS/BI concepts. Furthermore, it provides an introduction to selected data mining techniques such as decision trees, artificial neural networks (ANN), and support vector machines (SVM). The course addresses practical issues of complex decisions (e.g. in Finance) and explores dataset requirements, time restrictions and computational requirements of different approaches.

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Lecture
Lecture 1. Fundamentals of IT Service Management 2. Fundamentals of ITIL / ITIL - Service Strategy 3. ITIL - Service Design 4. ITIL - Service Transition / Service Operation 5. ITIL - Service Operation / Continual Service Improvement 6. IT Project Management Exercise Course 1. Service Strategy Methods 2. Service Design Methods 3. Service Transition - Case Study 4. Service Operation Methods 5. IT Project Scheduling Tools 6. ITIL and Project Management Case Study / Exam Preparation
 575
Seminar
Different topics in Information Management: 1. Examining the intention-behavior gap in technology acceptance research: a meta-analytic review 2. Predicting Stock Market Returns and the Efficiency Market Hypothesis 3. Predicting End Prices on eBay 4. Theoretical Framework of Affordances 5. Affordances of gamification 6. The impact of gamification on sustainable mobility behavior 7. The impact of personality on gamification 8. Dynamic Battery Leasing Based on a Continuous Battery Residual Value Estimation ? A Business Model Innovation 9. Interoperability of Telematics-Data-Based Services 10. Exploring Trends in Vehicle Telematics 11. Organizing for disruptive business model innovation ? Implications for innovation management 12. How to find the right business models for emerging technologies ? The case of electric vehicles 13. Surviving digital disruption: How non-IT industries cope with the digital transformation 14. Who are the digital natives 15. Experiencing Stress in Electric Vehicles - The Impact of IS 16. Gamifying Environmental Sustainability 17. Examining the value of e-collaboration in the presence of uncertainties: an empirical study in the wood industry
 456
Seminar

With technology disrupting firms and increasingly, entire industries, the imperative is for students to have a deep understanding of digital innovations that are likely to shape the future and have the capacity to innovate.

This project-based interdisciplinary course positioned at the intersection of digital innovations, design thinking and entrepreneurship is aimed at delivering the competencies demanded by businesses, non-profits and government agencies alike - an understanding of transformational opportunities created by digital technologies and the capacity to innovate.

To help students build the capacity to innovate, the course uses the design thinking framework developed at Stanford University and widely used across the world today.

 

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Lecture

Until recently, the knowledge of Information Technology (IT) and its application in the enterprise had been confined to the IT department. Not anymore. Today -in the Digital Age- successful business manager must not only know how to interpret a P&L statement and read a balance sheet, but also understand "digital" and anticipate its impact on business.

The Digital Age, fueled by the drastic reduction in the cost of processing, storage, and communication, is creating a high-density digital. Technology today is both available and affordable. This creates a new phenomenon where individuals incorporate cutting-edge digital technologies in their personal lives before businesses get a chance to adopt and implement them. In a way, this leads to a new kind of digital divide -that between society and business. Customers and employees of the younger generation come with new expectations that companies are not prepared to meet.

To address this challenge, today's business leaders must be able to think digital. Thinking digital does not equal thinking IT. Digital focuses much less on process automation, transactions, and efficiency, and much more on creating new value-added experiences and interactions with customers, employees and business partners. Ultimately, it enables the firm to generate new revenue by finding unique ways to combine its physical and digital resources.

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Lecture

This course examines the concepts, technology, and applications of electronic commerce, or e-commerce. Students are to work in teams to plan an e-commerce site for a real or hypothetical business and implement the site using PrestaShop. Students are to present their plan and implementation in a written report and in an oral presentation using PowerPoint.

 420
Lecture
1. Challenges and gaps in information management; 2. Strategic IT management (IT Governance/Cobit, IT strategy and IT alignment, IT risk management) 3. IT sales management (product Management, Service level management), 4. IT purchasing management (sourcing, off shoring); 5. IT production management (architecture management, expense and cost management, ITIL); 6. IT cross divisional functions (IT controlling, IT quality management)
 422
Lecture
The subject of the module is the product-oriented information management. "Product" here means the various information systems of the company. The module describes the information processing from a logical and conceptual point of view. It deals with the development and operation of all the information systems in an enterprise. Students will learn how the system landscape of a company can be designed. The main core of the module is the system analysis, where the students will learn the tools and methods that allow, for example, business processes modelling. Selected questions on system design and modeling will be teached. Examples are the latest developments in the area of business process modeling or object modeling, as well as matters of strategic planning of application systems.
 426
Project seminar

At the moment,the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR) are one of the most important regulatory projects for the European financial markets. In the foreground is, amongst other plans, the electronic securities trading. The reason for this are especially the advancements in technology (e.g. HFT) which become more and more popular. The goal of the seminar is to examine this part of the regulation, particularly the requirements and the implications for electronic trading. The participants are going to work on their seminar papers together with students from the University of Frankfurt. Students are expected to work in a project group, dealing with a current issue of the financial sector, which focuses on the field of tension between IT-based product or IT-based service innovation. This is done on the basis of selected problems, such as the conceptual development of a new financial information system or a critical analysis of IT innovations and current regulation in the financial industry. In addition to the theoretical foundation for this elaboration, empirical analyzes need to be conducted by the project groups. Through the project focus of this course students are prepared for common team and project work within organizations.

 548
Seminar
In this seminar the participants examine and discuss current and future trends in the area of management of information technology and IT-driven business innovation. For example trends in the area of IT project management, IT-based business models and design thinking. The students focus on highly relevant future topics in the field of IT management.
 402
Seminar
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the standard of living for people in need. In collaboration with enactus Göttingen, the course covers socially and ecologically relevant aspects while providing students the opportunity to plan and implement sustainable projects in collaboration with experts from practice and administration. Planned focus: Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the students create and implement community-empowerment projects. The experience not only transforms lives but also helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an increasingly complicated and challenging world.
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Jan Muntermann is a professor and Chair of Electronic Finance and Digital Markets in the faculty of economic sciences at the University of Göttingen. He received his Ph.D. and Master degree (Diploma) in business administration from Goethe University Frankfurt. Jan has been a visiting scholar at London Business School and Microsoft Research (Cambridge).

His research interests include business intelligence and analytics, digital transformation, and IS research methodology. His work appeared in journals such as Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, the European Journal of Information Systems and Information & Management. Jan has received several awards for excellent research, including the CCI Dissertation Prize by the Chamber of Commerce. His work also received a best paper award nomination by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) and was selected as finalist papers for the Best European Research Paper in 2014 and 2015, awarded by the CIONET community. In addition, he has received various best paper awards nomination at renowned international conferences, including a Best Paper Award at the 2015 Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS).

For his research, he received research funding from the European Commission, German Ministries and industry partners.

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Jan Muntermann is a professor and Chair of Electronic Finance and Digital Markets in the faculty of economic sciences at the University of Göttingen. He received his Ph.D. and Master degree (Diploma) in business administration from Goethe University Frankfurt. Jan has been a visiting scholar at London Business School and Microsoft Research (Cambridge).

His research interests include business intelligence and analytics, digital transformation, and IS research methodology. His work appeared in journals such as Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, the European Journal of Information Systems and Information & Management. Jan has received several awards for excellent research, including the CCI Dissertation Prize by the Chamber of Commerce. His work also received a best paper award nomination by the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) and was selected as finalist papers for the Best European Research Paper in 2014 and 2015, awarded by the CIONET community. In addition, he has received various best paper awards nomination at renowned international conferences, including a Best Paper Award at the 2015 Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS).

For his research, he received research funding from the European Commission, German Ministries and industry partners.

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