Course content, structure & dates
part-time degree programme
[once a month]
Thursday 09:15 - 20:00
Friday 09:15 - 20:00
Saturday 09:15 - 16:30
+1 week study trip to Bentley University in Boston
|14 - 18 hours per week (excluding sessions)
||2 October 2013*|
Programme LocationThe MIM programme takes place in Tilburg at the Tilburg University campus.
More information about this location:
» Tilburg campus location page
A Framework For Success
The TiasNimbas Executive Master in Information Management (MIM) is presented in a 3-part framework that builds your skills and knowledge. The programme revolves around IT Governance
, which is taught as part of each of these three domains.
Managing the Future: Strategy
Key to information management for the future: Understanding how corporate strategies will demand new information systems and infrastructures, then planning and integrating these new IT technologies, processes, and innovations.
Managing Change: Implementation
Key to deploying new information management processes: Influencing organisational behaviour to drive successful change management.
Managing the Present: Operations
Key to present-day information management: Maintaining reliable, secure and compliant day-to-day operations that align with corporate growth strategy.
MIM Modules: Build Your Information Management Career Month-by-Month
Module 1 - Business Research Methods (11 October, 22-23 November 2013)
This course will help participants with little or no background in academic social research to gain necessary knowledge, skills and insights into effective business research methods. It focuses on different types and methods of research, including case study, survey and design research. Examples of topics addressed are:
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- Research question and hypotheses/propositions
- Research design
- Conceptual model and operationalisation
- Validity and reliability
- Quantitative research - Overview of SPSS
- Qualitative research - Case study research
- Design research
- Mixed methods
Module 2 - Potential of IT for Strategy and Organisation (2-5 October, 7 November 2013)
This first module focuses on the relationships between strategy formulation, organisational structure and application of IT and information systems. The following topics are covered:
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- business strategy, management and design of organisations and the influence of IT;
- alignment between the IT domain and the business domain;
- adapting IT developments to a specific organisational setting (e.g., your company).
Module 3 - Developments and Trends in IT and Security (8-9 November, 12 December 2013)
This module is devoted to the latest IT trends and developments. You learn what to expect from IT for networking within and between organisations. The following topics are discussed:
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- Hardware and network technologies to support inter-organisational systems;
- Databases and inter-operability;
- Software and integration: architecture, ERP versus ‘Best of Breed’ systems;
- Trends: What IT trends can we expect? What are their implications?
Module 4 - Enterprise Architecture (13-14 December 2013, 16 January 2014)
The new competitive agenda, driven by competition based on quality, speed and cost and catalyzed by the enabling possibilities of new information technologies, forms the basis for new business models. Business models encompass the architecture of a form: the internal characteristics of the business venture, the external relations with business partners and the way IT and information assets are used. New business models require an integrative view on the business venture. In line with this, the objective of the module is to study and explore the design and evaluation of enterprise architectures (EAs). The participants should finish this module with a clear understanding of architectural choices and their consequences. Architecting is defined as the deliberate design of the enterprise as a whole. An EA comprises strategy, the internal and external organisation, Information Technology and other management systems. Architecture decisions encompass questions like which competencies should be developed in-house and which outsourced, what is the appropriate organisational design, what should be centralised, or decentralised, what needs to be standardised, what type of longer term and short term relationships have to be developed with external business partners and suppliers. To build an effective foundation for their activities companies must develop three disciplines: the operating model – the necessary level of business process integration and standardisation for delivering goods and devices); the enterprise architecture (the organisation logic for business processes and IT infrastructure); and the IT engagement model (the system of governance mechanisms to ensure alignment). Managing at the enterprise level requires defining these disciplines, in terms of management requirements like performance, flexibility, integration and consistency. A clear architecture is a precondition for business – IT alignment.» back to top
Module 5 - Management of IT-Based Innovation (17-18 January, 6 February 2014)
The development of modern IT leads to new insights with respect to the design of business processes and organisations. The potential for innovation should be recognised, as it requires its own management approach.
The following topics are discussed:
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- Innovation management
- Design of innovative processes
- Process Innovation and Improvement: BPI, BPR, BPM
- Product and service innovation
- Organisational Innovation
Module 6 - Strategic IT / IS Decisions (7-8 February, 13 March 2014)
This module focuses on strategic decision-making in the way IT is to be used in business, setting priorities for IT investments, and formulating policies for information systems architectures. A distinction is made between specific business applications and infrastructure services. This topic is approached from an economic and behavioural angle. The former discusses a strict cost-benefit analysis (Information Economics); the latter analyses a ‘push and pull approach’ between business stakeholders competing for shared resources.
The following topics are included:
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- Making the IS/IT plan
- Specification of requirements for business applications
- Specification of needs for infrastructure services
- Formulation and assessment of investment proposals
- Business case, metrics, total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Assessment and approval of investment proposals
- Stakeholder approach and prioritisation
- Portfolio management
- Architecture of Information Systems
Module 7 - Sourcing IT/IS Services (14-15 March, 3-4 April 2014)
Should your company take care of its own IT services, or buy them from IT service providers? This choice is the core theme of this module, which includes the following topics:
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- Assessment of existing applications and infrastructure;
- Cost accounting and costs of information systems;
- Information systems quality;
- Alternative acquisition possibilities: do it yourself, outsourcing forms, ‘off-the-shelf’ software purchasing;
- Why (or why not) outsource;
- Supplier assessment;
- Assessment of management risks.
Module 8 - Managing Implementation and Organisational Change (5 April, 8-10 May 2014)
The introduction of information systems often implies changes in the existing organisation. The adoption of modern IT may be a prerequisite to achieve some organisational reforms. In this module, you will examine the complex relationship between information systems and organisational redesign problems.
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- Management of organisational change processes;
- Implementation of IT applications;
- Programme and project management;
- Risk management;
- Success and failure factors of systems implementation;
- Systems development methods and their consequences;
- Rapid application development, Dynamic Systems Development (DSD);
- Component-based development, Service-Oriented Development (SOD);
- Management of relationships between users, management and IT professionals;
- Benefits management.
Module 9 - Enterprise Governance of IT and Security (12-14 June, 11-13 September 2014)
In the daily operational activities, the delivery of IT services must be organised and managed to ensure quality, reliability, security, responsiveness, flexibility and compliance. This module includes the design of internal service provision, service level agreements (SLA), the management of the relationship between internal and external service providers, security and risk management.
IT governance determines who should systematically make and contribute to specific IT decisions, and reflects broader corporate governance principles while focusing on the management and use of IT to achieve strategic business goals. This module also focuses on issues of internal control and administration (in Dutch: ‘administratieveorganisatie’), the design and management of the IT function and practical models for the control of IT activities.
The following topics are covered:
- Organisational forms for IT service delivery
- Own IT department, hosting, application service providers
- ‘On Demand Services’
- Shared service centres
- Quality of IT services
- Reliability and security of IT services
- Dilemmas between service levels and costs
- Capacity management
- Relationship with providers and SLAs
- Reliability of IT service provision
- Crisis management
- Internal control and administration
- The IT organisation
- The IT balanced scorecard
- Cost control for the IT function
- Cost centres, profit centres, service centres
- Chargeback systems
- The management of external IT providers (e.g., outsourcing)
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Module 10 - International Study Week - Bentley University (21-29 June 2014)
This module takes place in the United States and has been developed in collaboration with Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts. The study week gives Executive Master in Information Management participants first-hand experience of information management and IT governance practices in another country. Professors from Bentley will conduct a number of focused lectures and discussions, and provide a US perspective on some key IT management issues, The crucial importance of IT management comes to life through company visits to Boston-area businesses, in which MIM participants are confronted with real-life cases and have the opportunity to discuss actual information management issues with company representatives. » back to top
Module 11 - Special Topics (25-27 September 2014)
Special topics vary from year to year, reflecting the latest research areas and ‘hot topics’ that may not have been covered in the more ‘standardised’ IT management course material in earlier modules. Your input counts: Executive Master in Information Management participants may suggest topics based on their own interests and/or organisational needs.
Typical topics for the MIM:
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- Societal and Legal aspects of Information Management (e.g., privacy)
- Knowledge Management
Final Project (5-6 February 2015)
This is your opportunity to integrate and apply the information management concepts, frameworks and skills gained in the preceding modules into a practical assignment. Typically this is an internationally-published case study (such as those of Harvard Business School) to which you may apply the new knowledge and skills learned on the Executive Master in Information Management. Further, project groups formed early in the MIM programme (3 to 4 people per group) will complete a complex assignment (typically a case study) in the area of Information Management and IT governance. » back to top
*This programme information can be subjected to change.