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Course module: NWI-IMK010
NWI-IMK010
System Approaches to Information and Organizations
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Course moduleNWI-IMK010
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
Lecturer(s)
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Coordinator
dr. ir. E. Herder
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Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. E. Herder
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Lecturer
dr. ir. E. Herder
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Lecturer
M. Hildebrandt
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Lecturer
dr. S.J.B.A. Hoppenbrouwers
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Academic year2017
Period
KW1  (04/09/2017 to 12/11/2017)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Content

Organizations may be regarded as ‘systems’ consisting of elements having relations that enable some primary transformation to take place. This primary transformation transforms inputs, like material, energy, data or clients, into outputs and by doing so the system delivers a contribution to society that is valued by customers and other societal stakeholders (Achterbergh & Vriens, 2009).

This course aims to provide some background on the view of organization and how to align business and IT in an enterprise. Besides that, the course will discuss the privacy and legal aspects related to information used in an organization.

The course will take 8 weeks. The first four weeks of the course will contain guest lectures/lectures and the last four weeks will contain a paper project or an assignment that the students have to do based on one of the topics of the lectures.

Literature
Among the background literature referred to in the course is the following:

• Achterbergh, Jan, Dirk Vriens (2009) Organizations; Social systems conducting experiments, Sprin¬ger-Verlag, Berlin.
• Ashby, W.R. (1956) An Introduction to Cybernetics, Chapman & Hall, London; Internet 1999: http://pcp. vub.ac.be/books/IntroCyb.pdf
• Beer, S. (1994) The Heart of Enterprise, ‘The Stafford Beer Classic Library’, Wiley, Chichester (first edition 1979).
• Beer, S. (2000) Diagnosing the system for organizations, ‘The Stafford Beer Classic Library’, Wiley, Chichester (first edition 1985).
• Bemelmans, T.M.A. (1999) Bestuurlijke informatiesystemen en automatisering, 3e oplage van 7e herziene druk uit 1998, Kluwer bedrijfsinformatie, Deventer (1e druk 1987).
• Sitter, L.U. de (1998/1994) Synergetisch produceren; Human Resource Mobilisation in de produktie: een inleiding in de structuurbouw, 2e herziene druk, Van Gorcum, Assen (eerste druk 1994).
• Sitter, L.U. de, J.F. den Hertog, B. Dankbaar (1997) From Complex Organizations with Simple Jobs to Simple Organizations with Complex Jobs. In: Human Relations, Volume 50, Number 5 / May, pp.497-534.
Teaching formats
The first two weeks of the course will be done by the Faculty of Management:Weeks 1 and 2 – Two lectures by L.J. Lekkerkerk (each two hours)The second two weeks of the course will be done by the department of Computing Science:Week 3 – Three guest lectures

• Mireille Hildebrandt (2 hours)
• Stijn Hoppenbrouwers (2-4 hours)
• Erik Proper (2-4 hours)
Week 4 – One guest lecture (2 hours)

• Marc van Lieshout
In the second half of the course (weeks 5-8), students will be working on assignments and term papers.
Additional comments
The guest lecture by Mireille Hildebrandt will ensure that the students who are taking the course Law in Cybersecurity at the same time will also benefit from this lecture.
Topics
Section by Hans Lekkerkerk (Faculty of Management):

• Systems views on organizations (literature: W.R. Ashby (1956) and S. Beer (1994, 2000))
• Organization diagnosis and design methodology (literature: De Sitter, 1998, De Sitter et al. 1997)
• Modern socio-technical systems design; production structure and control structure
• Hard and soft systems and the role of ICT
• Production, control and information (Bemelmans, 1999)
• Modern sociotechnical approach compared with enterprise architecture (design).

Section by Mireille Hildebrandt (Computing Science): Privacy and new data protection regulation
This guest lecture will provide an introduction about privacy in general, and new data protection regulation. The students will be given some articles to read before the class.Section by Stijn Hoppenbrouwers (Computing Science): Business-IT alignment


• Engineering versus Emergence (HAN-ERP) ++
• Perspectives: Business Analysis, Requirements Engineering; "agile"
• Basics of modelling in IS and EE (Enterprise Ontology? Modelling as a Conversation for Intervention)
• Organization and Regulation: Business Rules and BPM;
• Data, information & knowledge perspective; Link to IS design
• Basic Concepts of Business-IT Alignment, and a Bottom-Up Perspective

Section by Erik Proper (Computing Science): Informed Design of Organizations and their Enterprises

• Design in the context of organizations; different perspectives
- Organizational sciences vs. engineering sciences
- Pre-meditated top-down vs. ad-hoc bottom-up
- System vs. ecological (system of systems)
• Control loop: sensing, planning and actuating
• Models and construction principles

When applying the control loop in the context of design of organisations, models can be seen as the primary information object concerning the organisation and its change/evolution. The use of models in combination with (engineering based) "construction principles" results in what we call informed design. From this perspective, we then (re)visit topics such as enterprise architecture, information systems engineering, organizational design, etc.Section by Marc van Lieshout (Computing Science): Respecting privacy in a time of Big data

• Privacy by default: from behavioral economics to technical standardization.
• Privacy impact Assessment: beyond risk analysis.
• Control by users: organizing supervision on. Big data use.
Test information
Students will complete the course by writing a term paper. Each of the lecturers will provide two/three paper topics that the students can pick to write their term paper on. Each lecturer will mark the papers related to their topic. There will not be any final exam and the marks of the students will be based on the term paper.
Prerequisites
Bachelor Information Science, Computing Science or Business Administration
Recommended materials
Book
Achterbergh, Jan, Dirk Vriens (2009) Organizations; Social systems conducting experiments, Sprin¬ger-Verlag, Berlin.
Book
Ashby, W.R. (1956) An Introduction to Cybernetics, Chapman & Hall, London; Internet 1999: http://pcp. vub.ac.be/books/IntroCyb.pdf
Book
Beer, S. (1994) The Heart of Enterprise, ‘The Stafford Beer Classic Library’, Wiley, Chichester (first edition 1979).
Book
Beer, S. (2000) Diagnosing the system for organizations, ‘The Stafford Beer Classic Library’, Wiley, Chichester (first edition 1985).
Book
Bemelmans, T.M.A. (1999) Bestuurlijke informatiesystemen en automatisering, 3e oplage van 7e herziene druk uit 1998, Kluwer bedrijfsinformatie, Deventer (1e druk 1987).
Book
Sitter, L.U. de (1998/1994) Synergetisch produceren; Human Resource Mobilisation in de produktie: een inleiding in de structuurbouw, 2e herziene druk, Van Gorcum, Assen (eerste druk 1994).
Book
Sitter, L.U. de, J.F. den Hertog, B. Dankbaar (1997) From Complex Organizations with Simple Jobs to Simple Organizations with Complex Jobs. In: Human Relations, Volume 50, Number 5 / May, pp.497-534.
Instructional modes
Course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Tentamen
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

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