Lecture | Information Systems

Information Management: Tasks and Techniques


Background: The course requires a sound understanding of both management studies and information processing in business. This course interlinks with the course “Managing the Information Age Organization”, which deepens the students’ understanding of management basics that this course builds upon. In order to provide students from a non IS-background with the managerial understanding of information processing necessary for participating successfully in this course, an extensive script on this subject is provided at the beginning of the semester. Main topics and learning objectives: The lecture provides students with an overview of executives’ duties in managing an organization’s information and communication capabilities. These duties include tasks such as strategic information planning, strategy implementation, as well as sourcing and organizing the information function. These tasks are structured in a comprehensive framework based on management theory. While identifying critical IM tasks and responsibilities, the course presents methods and techniques that can be applied to deal with them. Class discussions on case studies give students the opportunity to consolidate their newly acquired knowledge and apply the techniques presented to typical problems. In addition, occasional discussions with IT executives allow students to reflect their conceptual knowledge in light of real world practices.

Learning outcomes

Academic: The course provides students with skills indispensable for an IT executive. In particular, students will obtain a comprehensive overview of the field of IT management and get acquainted with the typical tasks IT managers are charged with. They will also get to know prominent frameworks and techniques to solve IM tasks as proposed in textbooks. Soft skills: In addition to expertise in the fields mentioned above, students will deepen their skills in constructively analyzing and solving case studies in both classroom settings and as part of individual assignments.