ISM-FIISM-B: Fundamentals of International Information Systems Management

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Beimborn, Dr. Laura-Christiane Folter
6 ECTS / 180h



This module equips IISM students with the basics of their IISM curriculum and serves as introductory course. It is also open to and suited for students of other study programs who are interested in getting an overview about IS management in an international context (capacity constraints may apply).

Building on the basics of information systems (such as learned about in EidWI, IWM or in a similar course), we will develop a deeper understanding about information systems (IS) management, about international management, and about particularities of IS management in an international context. Accordingly, the course consists of three parts, covering those areas.

Learning objectives/competences:

After having accomplished this course, students will have an understanding about particularities of general management and IS management in an international context. They will be able to handle basic IS management tasks in an international environment and they will be sensitive to challenges caused by international and intercultural settings as well as by virtual collaboration.

Further information: The workload of 180 academic hours is allocated as follows:

  • 56h for participating in class
  • 80h for preparing classes (i.e., retrieving and studying literature and case studies, accomplishing small assignments) and reviewing course material after class
  • 44h for self-managed studies and preparing for the final exam  

Admission requirement: none

Required knowledge: EidWI oder GbIS (or any equivalent „Introduction into IS“ course) is required. IWM is recommended, but not necessary (students can catch up the relevant parts by reading some extra literature).

special requirements: none
frequency: WS, annually
recommended semester: 4th
minimal duration of this module: 1 semester


language: english
frequency: WS, annually
2,00 SWS


In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of IS management tasks and issues with a particular focus on international contexts and environments. Therefore, the course will first give an overview about important IS management fields, then give an introduction to (general) international management, and finally combine both foundational parts by discussing particularities of managing information systems in an international context (i.e., the core of IISM). Accordingly, the course will consist of three parts:

Part 1: Information Systems Management (IS Management):

  • 1.1 Strategic IS Management: IT Strategy and Strategic Alignment, IT Organization and IT Governance
  • 1.2 Tactical IS Management: IS Development & Project Management, IS Procurement & Outsourcing Management
  • 1.3 Operational IS Management; IT Service Management, IT Operations

Part 2: International Management

  • 2.1 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of International Management
  • 2.2 Organization of International Firms
  • 2.3 Foreign Market Entry Strategies
  • 2.4 Intercultural Management and Virtual Teams

Part 3: International IS Management

  • 3.1 Managing Global IT Organizations and People
  • 3.2 Managing Global IT/Software Development Projects  and System Roll-outs 
  • 3.3 Managing Offshore IT Outsourcing
  • 3.4 Global Issues of IS Management – Ethics and Sustainability

While parts 1 and 2 will be primarily taught using teaching books, lectures, and exercises, part 3 will draw on the knowledge and skills gained in the first two parts by applying a predominantly case-based teaching approach.

Literature: Will be announced in class.



Lecturer: Prof Dr. Daniel Beimborn & Team of Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, insbes. Informationssystemmanagement.
language: english
frequency: WS, annually
content: The content of the course will be reviewed by assignment tasks and discussion of case studies.
Literature: see lecture



written exam - duration of exam: 90 minutes

description: contents of the module taught in lecture, tutorial, readings will be tested. 90 points can be gained.

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