Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker
Information management is a scientific field dealing with the effective and efficient design of information streams and communication processes in the enterprise. It not only consists of concepts for managing information itself but also for designing the required supporting systems and technical infrastructures.
The first part of the lecture provides information fundamentals from different perspectives as well as an overview of the importance of information in the digital age. Students should learn that relevant information is a scarce good, which can decide about the success or failure of the enterprise. Furthermore, information management models are discussed and supported by examples from practice. Insights in important topics such as information processing capacity of humans, the level of tasks structurability and its effects on the information need, transaction costs theory, etc. are provided.
The second part of the lecture deals with information systems, which support the management of information inside enterprises. The distinction between information systems is made at three levels: operational, management and strategic. At the operational level, it is dealt with transaction processing systems, which perform and record the daily routine transactions necessary to the conduct of the business. At the management level, management information systems and decision support systems are discussed. Finally at the strategic level, executive support systems are described according to their possibilities, the technologies supporting them and their importance in helping managers meet optimal decisions.
The third part addresses new business models, which are enabled by the advances realized in information technology. Especially, ecommerce and e-business models are considered in detail. Most importantly, is to explain the necessary requirements that should lead these models to success.
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