Impact of IT-Systems

This module deals with different IT-systems and analyzes their impact on several levels. To accomplish this, methods for analysis and evaluations are presented. The different situational cause-effect relationships are explained in detail by case studies.

Further information




Sommer term



Qualification goals

The students

  • are able to discuss different IT systems 
  • understand the impact of IT systems 
  • know and can apply methods for analyzing the effects of IT systems 
  • understand the decision-making situations when assessing the profitability of IT systems 
  • master methods for the economic evaluation of IT systems
  • can apply the learned content as part of a hands-on case study


  • Information systems and their systematizations 
  • The impact of information systems at different levels (national economy, industry sectors, companies, employees)
  • The productivity paradox of information technology 
  • Methods to analyse the impact of IT systems in organizations 
  • Methods for evaluating IT systems in different decision situations  
  • Case studies to demonstrate different situational effects


  • Brynjolfsson, E.; Yang, S.: Information Technology and Productivity. A Review of Literature. Advances in Computers, 43 (1996) 2, S. 179-214.
  • Brynjolfsson, E.; McAfee, A.: The second machine age : work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies. New York et al. 2014.
  • Petrovik, O.: Lean Management und informationstechnologische Potentialfaktoren. Wirtschaftsinformatik, 36 (12994) 6, S. 580-590.
  • Schumann, M.: Betriebliche Nutzeffekte und Strategiebeiträge der großintegrierten Informationsverarbeitung. Berlin et al. 1992. 
  • Weitzendorf, T.: Der Mehrwert von Informationstechnologie. Eine empirische Studie der wesentlichen Einflussfaktoren auf den Unternehmenserfolg. Wiesbaden 2000.

Method of assessment

Final exam (usually 90 minutes)