[ 526GLWNEWI13 ] Module Introduction to Business Informatics

Workload Mode of examination Education level Study areas Responsible person Coordinating university
6 ECTS Accumulative module examination B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Business Informatics Stefan Koch Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business Informatics 2022W
Objectives The students can give reasons why Business Informatics is a scientific discipline. They have knowledge regarding functions of Business Informatics and the importance of terminology in Business Informatics. They are familiar with basic Business Informatics phenomena. They can explain the subject area of Business Informatics from a systems theory perspective and are aware of Business Informatics' interdisciplinary nature. They are familiar with both, the descriptions as well as the importance of instruments in engineering, implementation, and management of information systems and IT infrastructure. Based on examples, they can explain corresponding objectives, methods, models, and tools. They are able to understand mechanisms of the platform economy and information industry and societal as well as ethical challenges evolving for stakeholders, e.g. on individual (user) and organizational (provider) level.
Subject Discipline of business informatics:

  • object area and objects of knowledge
  • conceptual system
  • History
  • scientific character
  • Theory
  • Technology and practice in business informatics
  • Job Profiles
  • Business Informatics at the JKU

Research objectives and research methods of business informatics

  • research question
  • Literature and literature analyses
  • Research approaches
  • Research methods
  • Research ethics

Value contribution of IS/IT and digital transformation

  • value contribution and role of IS/IT
  • strategic alignment and IT governance
  • Digitization and Digital Transformation
  • Information Management
  • strategic IT planning
  • Project, process and knowledge management
  • Decision models and evaluation

Management of companies in the information industry

  • Digital goods
  • network effects
  • changeover costs
  • Standards and compatibility
  • Pricing
  • Challenges for stakeholders (e.g., security, privacy issues, sustainability)
Further information Teaching methods:
The content is conveyed in the form of an interactive lecture based on discussions and case studies with guest lectures which is accompanied and supplemented by a classroom exercise. The theoretical lecture contents and recordings are available online at Lectures and exercises are coordinated with each other and should therefore be attended in the same semester. Based on the lecture material, exercises are to be solved and presented in group works within the classroom exercise course.

Heinrich, L. J.; Heinzl, A.; Riedl, R.: Wirtschaftsinformatik. Einf├╝hrung und Grundlegung. 4. Auflage, Springer-Verlag: Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2011. \\ Slide sets used (available online via KUSSS)
Video recordings on
Scriptum Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (available online via KUSSS)

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