Management of Enterprise Resource Planning and Interorganizational Information Systems
The module consists of a two-hour lecture and a
two-hour tutorial. (V2Ü2)
*) Only for students of Computer Science
Organizational information systems have been built and used for more than 50 years. Throughout this period, such systems have steadily grown in complexity and size. While initially systems were developed for individual workers and then individual functional departments, today’s systems often integrate all enterprise functions from procurement to after-sales and from concept to marketing in one single database. Such systems are called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Moreover, information systems increasingly cross organizational boundaries in that information systems of several organizations are integrated into so-called inter-organizational information systems (IOIS).
Due to their complexity and size, all but the largest user organizations find it beyond their capability to develop the software required for these systems themselves. Therefore, increasingly so-called off-the-shelf software is used to provide the core functionality around which organizational information systems are built by configuring the software and by embedding it in organizational procedures and practices and also by adding customized software components. This process is called system implementation.
Using teaching cases, students will analyse real-life situations where implementation processes of ERP-Systems and IOIS foundered or have been managed exceptionally well. Students will have to present cases in class, preferably in teams, in which they also offer an initial analysis of the cases that serves as a basis for further class discussions.
In the tutorials, students will use an open-source ERP package to become familiar with the basic functionality of such systems as well as their administration and configuration. Students will also have to attend this tutorials and participate in online tests to ensure a basic competence in the use of ERP software.
Course material will be made available on RWTHmoodle. You will have to register for this lecture in RWTHonline to access course material on RWTHmoodle. The Forum in RWTHmoodle provides an opportunity to discuss topics after classes and should be used to ask questions regarding the organization of the course or general course related questions.