4208123: C15 Collaborative Business

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Semester:WS 16/17
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 objectives
  • 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.

  • 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.

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