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International Business Administration

Information Use by Managers Exercise (R-Module)

Exam number: 6659

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Each summer semester; last time summer semester 2015

Prerequisites: Should be attended simultaneously or after the module "Information Management"

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Irena Okhrin

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Irena Okhrin

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.) 15 h; self-study: 165 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 1

Methods and duration of examination:
Successful preparation of a term paper worth 20 pages (as well as presentation of the results of work)

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Information plays a key role in management. Managers routinely need to find information on unfamiliar issues, topics or markets to make decisions. Locating this information may require research into unknown and uncertain areas. And there is no one best method to locate such information. In this exercise students will be able to explore different methods for gathering and analyzing of information.

Contents of the module:
Based on the Harvard Business School Information Use by Managers in Decision Making Exercise
Questions addressed in the Exercise:
- How do managers access the information they need to make decisions?
- Is a systematic approach required?
- How much can you relay on the knowledge base built through experience?
- How much information do you need?
- When do you stop researching and start analyzing?

Teaching and learning methods:
Group work, use of practical examples, presentations, discussions

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Edmondson, Cullen; Information Use by Managers in Decision Making: A Team Exercise, 2008, Harvard Business School Publishing

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.