Master Vorlesung Business Collaboration

Vorlesung mit zugehörigem Seminar, Wahlpflicht, Master IM und WI


Lecture Course offered in the Winter semester 2012/13 with Seminar Business Collaboration 

Module: WIPS04





Master students

Recommended Prerequisites

Lecture Business Software


Assessment and Grading

The grade for the complete module is a 50:50 composit of the Lecture Course (Vorlesung) examination grade and the Seminar grade. Both parts must be completed successfully in order to pass the module.

Examination (Lecture course)

Written examination: 05.02.2012, 14:15-15:45, rooms: A120, A308
(Please, come first to room A120!!!)

Written retry examination: 18.04.2012, 10:15-11:45, room: F313


Credit points

Lecture Course (Vorlesung, 2 SWS): 3 credit points

Seminar (2 SWS): 3 credit points 

Total (4 SWS): 6 credit points


Course Description

This course focuses on the integration of business software. In modern organizations there are almost no business units that can work without the support of information systems. Consequently, every employee will have contact with an ERP system (e.g. SAP or Microsoft Dynamics NAV)  at their workplace. Still, there are few universities that provide structured and thorough courses on business software and interorganizational issues.

The course Business Collaboration at the University of Koblenz-Landau aims to enable graduates to analyze the integration of ERP systems with other business software in an organization and to develop solution scenarios for a given integration problem in an interorganizational supply chain. It provides means and directions for future IT professionals (e.g. CIOs) to make decisions about technical architectures, operational scenarios and the organization of integration projects.

Case Study Method

As the course progresses the participants will adopt the role of an IT professional to solve concrete problem scenarios of a real organizations. These problem scenarios are summarized in case studies that are presented from the organization's point of view. During the sessions the participants will discuss different courses of action to solve the given problem scenario and their consequences. Subsequently, the real solution will be introduced and explained. By that, the participants learn to analyze a given integration scenario, to identify potential problems and to conclude possible ways of solutions.  

The lecture will mainly be held in the form of a dialogue. Is is necessary to study the case study material before the session to be able to participate in the discussion.    

Literature and Material

All lecture documents (if electronically available) will be uploaded and made accessible in a  Quickr Forum in the course of the semester. 

Please note: All documents (slides, script, literature) will be in Englisch. The language used during the sessions will be German as long as there are no international students enrolled in the course. The same rule applies to the examination.

Content of the Course

  • Business Software and its interorganizational use
  • Different types of business collaboration
  • Business documents: different types of standards (e.g. technical)
  • Interorganizational process integration in industrial organizations
  • Interorganizational enterprise resource planning in retail organizations
  • Electronic document exchange between companies (without intermediaries)
  • Intermediaries, service providers
  • Coordination of several business partners via electronic platforms
  • Evaluation of business collaboration solutions
  • Economical assessment of data exchange: costs, benefits
  • Case studies