Business informatics

Business informatics (BI) or organizational informatics is a discipline combining information technology (IT), informatics and management concepts. The BI discipline was created in Germany, from the concept of "Wirtschaftsinformatik". It is an established, successful academic discipline including bachelor, master and diploma programs in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and is establishing in an increasing number of other European countries as well as Australia. BI integrates core elements from the disciplines business administration, information systems and computer science into one field.

Business Informatics as an integrative discipline

Business Informatics (BI) shows many similarities to the Information Systems (IS), which is a well established discipline originating from the Northern American hemisphere. However, there are a few major differences that make Business Informatics a unique own discipline:

  1. Business Informatics includes Information Technology, like the relevant portions of Applied Computer Science, to a much larger extent than Information Systems does.
  2. Business Informatics includes significant construction and implementation oriented elements. I.e. one major focus lies in the development of solutions for business problems rather than the ex post investigation of their impact.

Information Systems strongly focuses on empirically explaining phenomena of the real world. Often, IS has been said to have an "explanation-oriented" focus in contrast to the "solution-oriented" focus that dominates BI. IS researchers make an effort to explain phenomena of acceptance and influence of IT in organizations and the society applying an empirical approach. In order to do that usually qualitative and quantitative empirical studies are conducted and evaluated. In contrast to that, BI researchers mainly focus on the creation of IT solutions for challenges they have observed or assumed.

Tight integration between research and teaching following the Humboldtian ideal is another tradition in Business Informatics. Recent insights gained in actual research projects become part of the curricula quite fast because most researchers are also lecturers at the same time.[1] The pace of scientific and technological progress in BI is quite rapid, therefore subjects taught are under permanent reconsideration and revision.[2] In its evolution, the BI discipline is fairly young. Therefore, significant hurdles have to be overcome in oder to further establish its vision.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Virtual Global University: Virtual Global University
  2. ^ Ives, B., J. Valacich, R. Watson, R. Zmud and et al., What Every Business Student Needs to Know About Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, (9:30) December, 2002
  3. ^ Lyytinen, K., R. Baskerville, J. Livari, D. Te'eni, Why the old world cannot publish? Overcoming challenges in publishing high-impact IS research, European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), 16, 2007, p. 317-326.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Business Informatics — Die Wirtschaftsinformatik ist die Wissenschaft von Entwurf, Entwicklung und Anwendung von Informations und Kommunikationssystemen in Unternehmen in Wirtschaft und Öffentlicher Verwaltung (siehe Informationssystem). Durch ihre Interdisziplinarität …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Master of Business Informatics — (MBI) is a postgraduate degree in Business Informatics (BI). BI programs combine information technology (IT) and management courses and are common in central Europe [1]. The first master programs in Business Informatics were offered by the… …   Wikipedia

  • informatics — in‧for‧mat‧ics [ˌɪnfəˈmætɪks ǁ fər ] noun [uncountable] especially BrE the science of processing information electronically; = INFORMATION SCIENCE * * * informatics UK US /ˌɪnfəˈmætɪks/ noun [U] mainly UK IT ► INFORMATION SCIENCE( …   Financial and business terms

  • Informatics — can be synonymous with: Informatics (academic field), a broad academic field encompassing human computer interaction, information science, information technology, algorithms, and social science Computer science, the study of complex systems,… …   Wikipedia

  • Business School Memmingen — Vorlage:Infobox Hochschule/Mitarbeiter fehlt Business School Memmingen Motto Your Future. Our Task. Gründung 2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Informatics International College — Informatics Philippines, established in 1994, is a multinational corporation committed to provide training and education in Information and Communications Technology to Filipinos. Informatics has more than 50 centers operating nationwide… …   Wikipedia

  • Informatics Institute of Technology — Infobox University name = IIT native name = Informatics Institute of Technology motto = To produce a new generation of qualified IT professionals established = 1990 (As the Informatics Institute of Computer Studies ) type = Private College… …   Wikipedia

  • Athens University of Economics and Business — Infobox University name = Athens University of Economics and Business native name = Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών established = 1920 type = Public president = students = staff = rector = Gregory P. Prastacos city = Athens country = Greece… …   Wikipedia

  • Organisational informatics — The term organisational informatics was first proposed by Rob Kling [Kling, R. and J. P. Allen (1996). Can Computer Science Solve Organisational Problems? The Case for Organisational Informatics. Computerisation and Controversy: value conflicts… …   Wikipedia

  • Very Large Business Applications — A Very Large Business Application (VLBA) is a Business Application, which could be implemented through different types of Business Application Systems as well as through System Landscapes. They support one or more processes of business… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.