ECTS credits: 5
Lectures: 2
Exercises: 1

Course objective:

Explore problems and approaches to the information systems management in organizations and the ways in which the IS can support, enable or be integrated into various types of organizational services. How senior management approaches the acquisition, development and implementation of plans and procedures to achieve useful and efficient IS. Definition of IS infrastructure at a high level and systems supporting operational, administrative and strategic needs of an organization. Organization managers need to know how to assess the existing IS and new technologies and the way in which they can influence organizational strategy. Ideas developed on this course should ensure long-term perspective which can help managers understand increasingly globalized and technologically intensive business environment.

Course contents:

The role of IS. Strategic adaptation of IS. Strategic information usage. The impact of IS on organizational processes and structures. Planning and economics of IS. The role of IS in defining and shaping the competition. IS management. Financing IS investments and evaluation of their operational performance. Adoption of information technology resources and their capabilities. Using systems for responsible IS/IT management. Risk management.

Competences:

Understanding the activities and functions within the area of information systems, including IT management and the role of the Chief Information Officer. Ability to understand how senior management makes decisions on the use of IS to support basic and auxiliary business processes and those who connect the organization with vendors and customers. Understanding the concepts of information economics at the company level and how IS becomes a key source of competitive superiority. Understanding the existing and emerging information technologies, as well as the function and impact of IS on the organization's operations. Evaluation of problems and challenges related to successful and unsuccessful inclusion of IS into a company. Understanding the way in which strategic decisions for including IS resources and skills are made, including the abilities to assess various procurement options. Applying information according to the needs of various industries and fields of activity.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Self-assess competitive advantage of using an information system when acquiring advantage over competition. 2. Assess the risk of potential problems and challenges which can occur during the implementation of an IS into company's operations. 3. Choose an option between introducing one's own or new resources during the expansion of the information system. These outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study program: - Explain the operating principles of information systems (2). - Plan the development of information systems with regard to user needs (7). - Propose improvements in data security and system security (8).