Information Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce


Course Objective

• Obtain in-depth insight into the important trends in Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) and how these trends impact
organizations’ E-business activities;
• Understand the role and value of ICT in the digital transformation of
• Understand how e-business relates to various degrees of digitalization
by 1) optimizing industrial production logic, 2) integrating market
feedback in service delivery processes and 3) facilitating supplier,
crowd or peer production networks;
• Have knowledge of relevant theories about the various aspects of ICT
in relation to organizations’ E-business activities;

Bridging Theory & Practice
• Be able to apply their understanding, insight and knowledge about ICT
in relation to E-business to a practical case and the development of an
E-business solution.

Course Content

Recent technological developments in ICT are creating new possibilities
for the interactions between organizations and various parties in their
environment – business partners, customers, and others. At the same
time, the use of these technologies also creates unprecedented amounts
of data that organizations need to make sense of. In this course, we
focus on these technologies, how they affect organizations’ E-business
and online commerce activities, and the demands this puts on the
Information Systems (IS) used in the organization. This course does so
by covering the following themes:
• Relevant developments in hardware, software and networking;
• The interaction between technology and organization;
• Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Systems;
• How changing ICT architectures and developments in the area of big
data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, social media and mobile
technologies affect organizations’ E-business activities
• The changing nature of markets and supply chains related to these
technological developments
We relate these themes to concrete issues related to managing ICTs for
E-business. Examples of such issues are:
• How to optimally support both back- and front-office E-business
processes with ICT;
• How to derive meaningful intelligence from the big data generated by
interactions and transactions through applications in the area of
business Intelligence and algorithmic decision making;
• How the increasing flexibility of IS (as a consequence of moving to
the cloud, modular ICT architectures and the increasing use of mobile
devices) influences the way these technologies meet the requirements of
these processes;
• How to manage the security of data, processes and systems in light of
these developments.
We will not only be discussing these themes and issues in lectures, but
you will also apply your knowledge about them in the analysis of a
practical case and the development of an E-business solution in relation
to that case.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

written exam - Individual assessment
case assignment - group assessment


Papers that will be made available via Canvas.

General Information

Course Code E_IBA3_ISEOC
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. J. van Angeren
Examiner dr. J. van Angeren
Teaching Staff dr. M.H. Rezazade Mehrizi

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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