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Systèmes d'information

  • Teacher(s):   B.Mueller   J.Pillet  
  • English title: Information Systems
  • Course given in: French
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • site web du cours course website
  • Related programmes:
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management

    Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences

    Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics



The last decades evidence a growing importance of Information Systems (IS) in the business world along with faster innovation cycles. A case in point is the growing IS-related expenditure of organizations: After a projected 3.4 trillion CHF in 2019, global IS spending is forecasted to grow by another 3.6% in 2020. Ranging from the enrichment of routine working tasks (e.g., employee portals to integrate disparate applications, data, and processes) to the e-enabled integration of entire business eco-systems (e.g., platform-based integration of supply chains), IS have become a vital backbone of businesses. Consequently, the ability to use IS in a way supporting the overall value proposition of an organization has become a central success determinant for many firms. The need to be aware of and have a sound command over the strategic capabilities that IS can deliver is further exacerbated by the looming threat of digital disruptions, which an increasing number of industries face.

To help you identify the resultant challenges and build the skills needed to respond effectively, the Information Systems course introduces you to the nature, role, and potentials of IS in organizations and enables you to serve as a meaningful interface between technology and business. To empower you to grow into this role, the course builds on the foundational notion of business models to understand what kind of impacts information systems can provide to support and drive business. On this basis, you learn about what systems modern organizations need to provide aligned support for their strategies and leverage digital innovations. Finally, an introduction to basic concepts of IS strategy and management provides you with the tools needed to convert growing expenditure on innovative tools and technologies into meaningful and valuable business impacts.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be able to …

  • appreciate IS as an integral part of executing modern business models
  • understand how digitalization impacts and transforms business models
  • recognize relevant IS capabilities and resultant impacts
  • identify the key classes of information system relevant to businesses in the digital age
  • meaningfully contribute to and manage IS strategy, planning, and implementation
  • apply relevant conceptual knowledge to real-life cases
  • critically reflect on the models and methods introduced by this course


To achieve these goals, the Information Systems course is structured around three major modules. These modules provide complementary content and teaching methods.

Module 1 (Digital business models) allows you to explore what kind of IS-related impacts are important to build and drive successful business models in the digital age. Based on a general introduction to business models, the module emphasizes a business perspective on IS.

Module 2 (Key systems) extends the perspective on impacts by introducing and analyzing the most important types of systems. This module helps you build a foundational understanding of how systems can be matched to the business impacts an organization deems strategically valuable.

Module 3 (Managing IS for strategic impacts) emphasizes the effective management skills that are needed to make sure that investments into systems can be converted into the necessary impacts successfully. In this, the course equally introduces you to IS management from a functional as well as from a business perspective.

Across the three modules, lecturers employ different pedagogical approaches. This mix equally emphasizes the introduction of core concepts and foundational literature as well as an interactive, group-based exploration of topics based on small group exercises and case study elements.


Each of the sections outlined above draws on a specific set of literature to help provide background information and an opportunity to continue and deepen your study. For each session, one article will be mandatory reading, details will be announced the week before. You will find these readings uploaded to Moodle.


Please be advised: Throughout the semester, the class will be split up into two cohorts – one taught in English and the other taught in French. The materials, contents, and structure is identical across both cohorts. The course is taught in both English and French but all the course material is in English. The course does not require you to have completed any prerequisites other than those that apply to the BSc program at HEC overall. In particular, no specific technical skill or experience is required.

Term project

- Type of project : no individual term project
- Maximum number of projects admitted for this course : 0
- Deadline for applying to course professor for project : n/a
- Deadline for submitting finished project : n/a
- Method of evaluation (including resit options) : n/a
- Other information : n/a


First attempt

Written 2 hours
Not allowed
Not allowed
  • Exam (2/3 of final grade): individual multiple-choice exam, closed book, 2 hours
  • Group assignment (1/3 of final grade): multi-part group assignment


Written 2 hours
Not allowed
Not allowed
  • Exam (2/3 of final grade): individual multiple-choice exam, closed book, 2 hours
  • Group assignment (1/3 of final grade): single-part group assignment

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