4004363: Collaborative business

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Semester:WS 15/16
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:120.0 L / 90.0 h
Self-directed study time:60.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in IT and Business Process Management (01.10.2008)


The course focuses on 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 collaboration and collaborative work
  • Learn how IT can be used in order to support collaboration
  • Learn about the potentials and limits about collaboration technology
  • Learn about investment decisions of organizations regarding collaboration technology
  • Experience collaboration with team members from other countries

Collaborative Business is an evolving topic in the area of Information Systems. It supports flexible cooperation and enables new modes of value creation in loosely coupled networks. Furthermore, collaboration can be a source of process innovation and value creation throughout a company.

In this module students are introduced to concepts of inter- and intraorganizational collaboration and cooperation.

Besides theoretical concepts of communication and collaboration, the students are brought in touch with state-of-the-art collaboration technology. They are motivated to experience these tools in praxis and are guided through a collaboration experience.

Virtual teams are formed and perform collaboration tasks throughout the whole semester.

Learning Outcomes

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  • Students…

    • repeat the fundamental concepts of collaboration and collaboration systems.
      • understand the benefits of collaboration and collaboration systems for sustainable competitive advantage.
      • solve assignments in the field of collaboration, especially collaborative research projects in the areas of current topics in IS.
      • identify relationships between different types of collaboration systems. They compare solutions with regard to their value contribution.
      • evaluate and select suitable software solutions for organizations. They classify different solutions according to complex evaluation schemes and develop a thorough argumentation for the decision process
  • Students…

    • describe different tools used for collaboration
      • interpret the benefit of collaboration tools
      • apply the gained knowledge to collaborate with team members in a suitable way
      • distinguish different modes of communication and their usage
      • design a communication concept for a collaboration project
      • critically reflect the appropriateness of the selected collaboration tools

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.

Admission Requirements

* Attendance mandatory


The students will be provided with the lecture slides and supporting materials (literature and exercises) throughout the course.

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

Laudon, K., Laudon, J. (2012). Management Information Systems. Pearson

Exam Modalities

Die maximale Korrekturzeit beträgt 6 Wochen. Sollten bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt die Noten nicht im Intranet zur Verfügung stehen wenden Sie sich bitte direkt an die Modulleitung.