Development of IT Standards

Key Info

Basic Information

Master in Business Administration
Course Type:
Winter term
Entire semester
Course Units:
Erasmus Capacity:
Compulsory Attendance:


  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. oec. Kai Reimers

The following details taken from the examination regulations MSBWL/13, SMPO 6. Änderungsordnung (zum WS 2018/19) (08.02.2019) are for information purposes only and not legally binding. For legally binding information, please refer to the corresponding official examination regulations of the program Master in Business Administration.


Organizations are the main buyers of information technology (IT) products. Such products are used to build information systems which increasingly cross organizational boundaries.

However, information systems consist not only of IT products, but also of organizational processes, knowledge and rules. Together, they form the "nervous system" of organizations and networks of organizations.
From a user’s point of view, this means that IT products need to be integrated as components into larger systems; from a vendor’s point of view, products need to be positioned so as to make their incorporation into larger systems easy while also protecting competitive interests of the firm.

The key to both these tasks is the specification and possibly standardization of interfaces through which IT products are linked with other products and systems, thus becoming part of the systems themselves.
Therefore, consideration of possible participation in processes aimed at specifying and standardizing these interfaces becomes an increasingly important task for vendors and user organizations alike (often, large vendors are also users themselves). Thus, the field of IT standardization is well on its way towards becoming a general management issue.


In this course, students will learn to

(1) appreciate the relevance of IT standardization processes for organizations;
(2) understand and analyze standardization processes;
(3) evaluate such standardization processes from the perspective of firms (both as users and vendors of IT).

The course will rely on published case studies of real-life IT standardization processes. Students will have to analyze and present individual cases during the semester, preferably in teams. Cases will revolve around one specific technology (mobile networks) to facilitate a basic understanding of the technical issues involved in the standardization processes selected for this course.

The course consists of regular classes and tutorials. Tutorials will be used to refresh basic concepts in organizational and economic theory as well as provide a basic understanding of technical concepts used in this course.




Presentation (30%, graded, 20min.), Examination (70%, graded, 60min.) Successful completion of the course depends on a passing grade in all related assignments.

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