Area Information and Operations Management

SUBJECT

In a modern digital economy, many companies create products and services that require and create vast amounts of information, anywhere and at any time. Physical goods produced or sold by those companies are often digitally controlled and connected with Information Systems such as smartphones, PCs, vehicles, robots, or entire computer-controlled manufacturing systems. For this reason, the decisions about what a company produces and how it operates are always connected to decisions about Information Systems and processes. This is why Information & Operations Management is an already hot field of growing importance.

The extensive amount of digital information created by those Information Systems has to be analysed and utilised in a systematic way using "Big Data Business Analytics/Visualization" methods. Those methods, often rooted in the fields of Statistics and Operations Research, again require computers to create knowledge and to support automatic or hybrid, i.e. human-machine, decision making in real time in a way that was unconceivable only a few years ago. An example is the Operations Management problem to create and adapt schedules for call centre agents to continuously provide fast customer service at low staffing cost.

STRUCTURE MAJOR

CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Compulsory modules10
Elective modules (without seminars)30
Elective modules (seminars)10
Total:50

STRUCTURE MINOR

CategoryCredit points (ECTS)
Compulsory modules10
Elective modules10
Total:20

DETAILED STRUCTURE

The modules have to be taken in semesters 1-3. Since all the elective module offers are prospective, changes are possible.

Compulsory modules Major / Compulsory modules Minor

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterExamination formCP (ECTS)
Institute
Operations ResearchEnglishWinterWritten Examination 60 min5Production Management
Information SystemsEnglishWinterWritten Examination 60 min5Information Systems Research

Elective modules (without seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterCP (ECTS)Institute
Gestaltung industrieller ProduktionsprozesseGermanWinter5Production Management
Implementing Basic Operations Research HeuristicsEnglishSummer5Production Management
LogistikGermanSummer5Production Management
Manufacturing Systems Modeling and AnalysisEnglishWinter5Production Management
Operations Research II - Advanced methods of linear and integer programmingEnglishSummer5Production Management
Optimization Modeling with GAMSEnglishWinter5Production Management
Stochastic Models in Production and LogisticsEnglishSummer5Production Management
Business Analytics and VisualizationGermanSummer5Information Systems Research
Information Management for the Energy and Mobility SectorGermanWinter and summer5Information Systems Research
Enterprise Architecture Management und UnternehmensdigitalisierungGermanWinter5Information Systems Research
Entwicklung mobiler ANDROID ApplikationenGermanSummer10Information Systems Research
GeschäftsprozessmanagementGermanWinter5Information Systems Research
Global Electronic BusinessEnglishSummer5Information Systems Research
Hannover Finance Symposium MasterGermanWinter5Information Systems Research
Implementierung Fortgeschrittener Methoden des Operations ResearchGermanSummer10Information Systems Research
Informationsverarbeitung in DienstleistungsbetriebenGermanSummer5Information Systems Research
IT-ProjektmanagementGermanirregular5Information Systems Research
Master ForschungsprojektGermanWinter and summer15Information Systems Research
Master Research ProjectEnglishWinter and summer15Information Systems Research
Mobile BusinessGermanWinter and summer5Information Systems Research
Rechnerpraktikum SAP mit den Modulen CO, FI und HRGermanWinter and summer5Information Systems Research

1 First in summer term 2019

Elective modules (seminars) Major / Elective modules Minor

Examination form: Seminar Paper

Module / CourseLanguageSemesterCP (ECTS)Institute
Seminar in Operations Management & ResearchEnglishSummer5 Production Management
Seminar zum Operations und Supply Chain ManagementGermanWinter and summer5

Production Management

Seminar in Information Management and Information SystemsEnglishWinter and summer5 Information Systems Research
Seminar Informationsmanagement und InformationssystemeGermanWinter and summer5 Information Systems Research

RESEARCH AND PRACTICAL RELEVANCE

The Master research topics in Information & Operations Management stem from practical applications, often in cooperation with private companies. They are driven by current developments such as Mobile Computing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Renewable Energies, Electro-Mobility, or demographic changes in societies or urbanisation. Those developments together with the progress of Information Technology create new questions, problems, business models, and hence research questions. Those questions require a thorough and fact-based quantitative analysis to support good decision making. To this end, new methods of analysis and decision support need to be (further) developed and implemented. They are presented to the public in research publications and at conferences.

INTENDED AUDIENCE (RECOMMENDED SKILLS)

Information & Operations Management is the field for you if you enjoy working with computers, if you like Mathematics and Statistics, and if you feel comfortable to use and develop computer programs and applications. Information Management also requires qualitative analysis. Operations Management, in turn, is deeply rooted in Mathematics and Statistics. Here you will have to develop and implement mathematical models and to learn programming and customizing, in particular for your theses work. In any case you enjoy to work precisely and independently to solve open-ended questions using formal methods.

CAREER PROSPECTS

A modern digital economy offers numerous exiting job opportunities for those who can analyse and solve Information & Operations Management problems using up-to-date “Big Data Business Analytics/Visualization” methods. This will also require and reward excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the social skills of productive team work. Graduates with a thorough qualification in this field will find promising starting positions in consulting firms, in software companies, in manufacturing as well as service industries, and in the public sector. Furthermore, the area Information & Operations Management offers best opportunities to start scientific working and a scientific career with a Ph.D.