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4408123: C15 Collaborative Business

Semester:WS 17/18
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:35.0 L / 26.5 h
Self-directed study time:63.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)


Short description
The course focuses on virtual collaboration, collaborative work, and modern collaboration tools in a business environment. Students will apply their knowledge in a hands-on collaboration project with partners.


  • Understand the concepts of virtual collaboration and collaborative work
  • Learn how IT can be used in order to support collaboration in a virtual environment
  • Learn about the potentials and limits of collaboration technology
  • Experience collaboration with team members from other countries

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will repeat the fundamental concepts of collaboration and collaboration systems.
  • Students will understand the benefits of collaboration and collaboration systems for sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Students will solve assignments in the field of collaboration, especially collaborative research projects in the areas of current topics in IS.
  • Students will identify relationships between different types of virtual collaboration systems. They compare solutions with regard to their value contribution.


Lectures Method

The module integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills based on an interactive seminar that includes a hands-on collaboration project. The e-learning platform Moodle will be used throughout the course for the dissemination of course material and discussions.


Davenport, T. H. (2005). Thinking for a living: how to get better performances and results from knowledge workers. Harvard Business Press.

Exam Modalities

Seminar thesis, mid-term and final presentation