Teaching

Concentration Module Business Information Systems (WHU Bachelor of Science program)

Information Systems (IS) are at the core of each enterprise. Any company that strives to be innovative, to increase competitiveness, or to survive market disruptions, must adapt and develop its information management capability. All management tasks rely on information, and the appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT) to manage teams and cooperations with business partners. The concentration module Business Information Systems (BIS) offers participants a comprehensive introduction to the field of IS in business and management. Participants are provided with the essential knowledge and skills that prepare them for management tasks in small and large organizations.

The two courses BIS I & BIS II provide a broad overview of the role of IS for management and of involved challenges and opportunities. The courses take on a management, not a purely technical, perspective.

The first course BIS I provides an introductory overview, presenting the basic function and strategic importance of business processes, of information and of ICT in organizations. The second course BIS II focuses on selected areas that provide challenges for management and for developing businesses. Principal aspects and major trends of managing information technology (IT) within today’s business environment are also discussed.

The lectures feature exercises on basic IS modeling issues in order to advance students in mastering engineering-related challenges. Topical case studies are discussed in class on each major subject. Guest speakers illustrate issues raised in the course from a professional perspective.

Your Bachelor and Master thesis at the chair

The chair team supervises bachelor and master theses in the area of information systems (IS). Current topics are published on the respective program's learning system. Most topics can be worked out within an existing project team, or in close cooperation with enterprises. Each topic will be defined in dialogue with the candidate. Of course you can also propose further topics which are of interest to you and belong to the fields of information systems, information management, organizational communication, organizational cybernetics, or business information systems engineering. Theses including empiric qualitative, quantitative or design science research in IS will be supported. All candidates will receive close coaching.

If you are interested please contact me at sven-volker.rehm@whu.edu.

Recent BSc and MSc thesis topics

  • Social Media Adoption in Small and Medium Sized Companies
  • Information systems in emergency situations: New technologies, affordances and opportunities
  • Social Media Micro Targeting. The influence of personality on the effectiveness of marketing messages
  • An Affordances Perspective on Disruptive Technologies
  • Digital Transformation: Blockchain - Challenges and Opportunities for Business
  • Digital Transformation in Live Marketing
  • Empowering Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to Partake in Digital Transformation
  • Digital Learning on a Corporate Level and its Implications on Learning Companies and Educational Institutions - What are the Blocking and Facilitating Factors for Learning Companies and Individuals to Keep Track with the Digital Transformation?
  • Analysis approach for identifying value potentials of new technologies in context of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0
  • The use of information technology in microfinance in India and Kenya
  • Social Media in Politics. Qualitative Analysis of multiple political levels and actors, and strategic option for successful use
  • Concept for a Cooperative Work Training Environment
  • Future Challenges for Small- and Medium-sized Software Companies
  • Servitization - How a firm transforms from a product- towards a service-oriented company
  • Market analysis and product concept for AAL - Ambient Assisted Living in context of a medium sized IT solution provider
  • A Concept of Information Systems Supporting Psychotherapeutic Relationships Between Doctors and Their Patients
  • Modularity in Service Systems
  • A conceptual approach for IS-supported interior design customization: a carpentry case study
  • Understanding Big Data Service Systems
  • A Service and Value Co-Creation Based Business Model for the Baking Industry
  • A deep dive into the service science field – A review of existing research on service systems and guidance for the future
  • The founding environment in a cloud computing context: a framework
  • Concept for integration of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) into the Campus Management (CM) of private Universities
  • The founding environment in a cloud computing context: a framework
  • Logistic execution systems – architecture; market analysis; implementation
  • Analysis and modification of transaction pricing for an e-commerce site
  • Web controlling for onsite campaigns on e-commerce platforms: a case study