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School of Business and Economics

Information Systems

Summary

Åbo Akademi University is a Swedish-speaking university with several programs also in English. It offers both undergraduate and graduate studies and extensive research opportunities to some 7000 students on three campuses. Our university is located in Åbo (Turku in Finnish), on the south west coast of Finland and in Vasa (Vaasa) and Jakobstad (Pietarsaari). Leading research in many areas Åbo Akademi University has an acknowledged position at the forefront of research in such areas as biosciences, information technologies, democracy and human rights, material sciences, process chemistry and psychology. Information Systems is in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

We are an international community of 6300 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, 650 researchers and faculty, and hundreds of exchange students united in pursuit of high-quality education and research. Our school operates in the campus centrally located in the city of Turku. All services of the city are at the walking distance from our campus.

 

Bachelor Programs

Information systems (IS) are key components of any organizations' infrastructure in the modern society. Information systems are essential tools for an individual wanting to make a career in modern business, for it is necessary for any organization to have individuals with social and analytical skills, competence and skills in managing IS, and a strong competence in problem solving in all the functions of a modern corporation. Åbo Akademi School of Business offers information systems major in the bachelor of business administration program. The program is taught in Swedish.

Master Programs

Graduate education in information systems (IS) gives professional competence in ICT management, management science, and business administration. The IS graduates will have broad theoretical knowledge, combined with practical experience in various professional missions in the acquisition, planning, design, implementation, adoption and leading of IS projects and solutions in all the functions of a modern corporation. Graduates typically start their careers as system developers or project managers, and then move on to become consultants, entrepreneurs or business unit leaders and finally IT-leaders, CIO or CEO.

Åbo Akademi School of Business offers information systems as a specialization (equivalent to a IS major) in the master of business administration program. The program is mainly taught in Swedish and to a lesser degree in English. For the international, English language alternative, see our Master’s Degree Program in Governance of Digitalization.

Governance of Digitalization is a two-year master’s program, which is taught in English and familiarizes the students to the key aspects of digitalization: The topics taught in the program include IT governance, digital services development, business models, and data analytics. The program prepares graduates for the work profiles of

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO),
  • Chief Digital Oofficer (CDO), and
  • Data Analyst (DA).

The program provides an excellent basis for a management and business career in the modern digital economy. Successful completion of this two-year full-time program results in the award of a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree. The master's program in Governance of Digitalization is jointly provided by the School of Business and Economics within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University and by the School of Business and Economics at University of Turku.

Up-to-date information about the courses in the program can be found in the university's study guide: http://www.abo.fi/student/en/studiehandbok

PhD Programs

Doctor of Science programs at Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics

Doctoral programs at Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics provides first rate educational and research opportunities for its doctoral students. Doctoral studies and research are very closely linked. An innovative research environment supports both doctoral students and researchers in their work and common endeavor to create new knowledge and publish it for the scientific and surrounding societies to take part of.

Doctoral studies in information systems are organized by the Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research (IAMSR). Our research institute has operated since 1992 and now builds on cooperation both with a dozen of Finnish companies and a network of research groups at TU Delft, the Netherlands, University of Trento, Italy and City University, Hong Kong. To apply for doctoral studies in Information Systems at Åbo Akademi, you will need to meet the official eligibility criteria for doctoral studies in Åbo Akademi School of Business and Economics. Research topics most relevant to existing areas of interest include:

  • Consumerization of IT 
  • Data analytics
  • Digital services design
  • Networks and Business Models

Courses

Information Systems

Lecture

Big Data and Analytics become both an essential resource for business and an efficient, effective and develop-able instrument for achieving the strategic targets that modern corporations face. The course provides the students with a basis for understanding
these relations; the students will be able to independently study further and understand the development of Big Data instruments and their strategic consequences, and to formulate
new strategic solutions for corporations facing the challenges posed by advances in Big Data Analytics.

 534
Lecture

In this course students will be introduced to alternative Business Model approaches, such as CANVAS, STOF, C-SOFT, and VISOR, and how they can be used for working out an e-Commerce business case. An introduction to business models and specific approaches will be given in the first part of the course. Sufficient attention will also be given to the technical foundations of e-Commerce. The analysis of the business case will be complemented with a description of the technical architecture. Topics covered on the course are entrepreneurship, implementation tools, enterprise/business architecture, Archimate and possible other relevant topics related to e-Business. 

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Lecture

The course discusses the most important tools for understanding the potential impact of analytics on decision making and business performance. The course targets students in Information Systems and Business Administration. The course will focus on different organizational decision making problems and how different analytical methods can be used to improve operational efficiency and financial performance. Different software tools will be used in the course to familiarize the students with the most important methods in analytics.

 525
Lecture

The course introduces the student to digital business, encompassing both buy-side and sell-side e-commerce as well as electronic transactions within an organisation. 

 

The course starts by equipping the student with an understanding of concepts and terminology within the field, and goes on to identify and review key management decisions required by organisations in the digital business domain.

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Lecture

The course focuses on quantitative methods in information systems. The target audience is students in Information Systems and Business Administration. Basic principles of optimization are presented and students are taught how to model real problems using Microsoft Excel.

The students will also get to work with queuing models and inventory models and will get insight in how real world industrial problems can be solved using quantitative methods. All methods and models are illustrated with examples. The course is based on 14 lectures (each lecture is two times 45 minutes) and 2 course assignments solved in groups.

 370

Information Systems

Lecture

Big Data and Analytics become both an essential resource for business and an efficient, effective and develop-able instrument for achieving the strategic targets that modern corporations face. The course provides the students with a basis for understanding
these relations; the students will be able to independently study further and understand the development of Big Data instruments and their strategic consequences, and to formulate
new strategic solutions for corporations facing the challenges posed by advances in Big Data Analytics.

 534
Lecture

The course discusses the most important tools for understanding the potential impact of analytics on decision making and business performance. The course targets students in Information Systems and Business Administration. The course will focus on different organizational decision making problems and how different analytical methods can be used to improve operational efficiency and financial performance. Different software tools will be used in the course to familiarize the students with the most important methods in analytics.

 525

Information Systems

Lecture

The course focuses on quantitative methods in information systems. The target audience is students in Information Systems and Business Administration. Basic principles of optimization are presented and students are taught how to model real problems using Microsoft Excel.

The students will also get to work with queuing models and inventory models and will get insight in how real world industrial problems can be solved using quantitative methods. All methods and models are illustrated with examples. The course is based on 14 lectures (each lecture is two times 45 minutes) and 2 course assignments solved in groups.

 370

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The Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi university, which has started on the 1 st of January 2015, joins together the central scientific fields of business, jurisprudence and social sciences. The faculty sees huge advantages within the cross-boundary collaboration and the combination of width and depth of subjects and fields of knowledge. The basic education comprises courses and study programmes on both Bachelor- and Master level. 

Science of high international standard is carried out within the faculty. Information and customer behavior in digital business; entrepreneurship and innovations; creative economics; sustainability; labour economics; human rights; elections; democracy; cultural policy; religion in Swedish speaking Finland. These are a few examples of the current fields of research at the faculty.

The faculty operates in Turku (Åbo) and Vaasa. In Turku the activities are mainly concentrated to three campuses; ASA, Hanken and Domvillan. Apart from those some functions can also be found in Åhuset. In Vaasa the main activity can be found in Academill.

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The Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi university, which has started on the 1 st of January 2015, joins together the central scientific fields of business, jurisprudence and social sciences. The faculty sees huge advantages within the cross-boundary collaboration and the combination of width and depth of subjects and fields of knowledge. The basic education comprises courses and study programmes on both Bachelor- and Master level. 

Science of high international standard is carried out within the faculty. Information and customer behavior in digital business; entrepreneurship and innovations; creative economics; sustainability; labour economics; human rights; elections; democracy; cultural policy; religion in Swedish speaking Finland. These are a few examples of the current fields of research at the faculty.

The faculty operates in Turku (Åbo) and Vaasa. In Turku the activities are mainly concentrated to three campuses; ASA, Hanken and Domvillan. Apart from those some functions can also be found in Åhuset. In Vaasa the main activity can be found in Academill.

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