Communication and Collaboration Systems (SS 2020)








Tag Zeit Häufigkeit Datum Raum
Mittwoch 12:00- 14:00 Uhr wöchentlich 08.04.2020- 15.07.2020  
Mittwoch 14:00- 16:00 Uhr wöchentlich 08.04.2020- 15.07.2020  
Freitag 12:00- 14:00 Uhr wöchentlich 10.04.2020- 17.07.2020  
Freitag 14:00- 16:00 Uhr wöchentlich 10.04.2020- 17.07.2020  


This lecture will be read in English. Please, note that all relevant information regarding this course (registration, dates, structure, literature) are available on LearnWeb.


Course Description and Structure:

The increasing ubiquity of collaborative, social networking, and mobile computing technologies is playing a key role in transforming work practices. Such technological affordances have influenced the communicative and collaborative practices that offer new opportunities but also challenges to contemporary organizational and inter-organizational systems. Yet our understanding of these changes and the implications for management remain poorly developed. Hence, this course offers rich theoretical and practical insights into the various dimensions of the relationship between communication and collaboration processes and technological advances in various organizational and inter-organizational contexts. In so doing, it will draw on bodies of social and organization theory to develop in-depth understanding of communication and collaboration practices that are at the heart of organizational and societal transformations in the Digital Age.

Importantly, a key rationale of this course is to provide students with a mature and actionable understanding of this emerging landscape, with a view to shaping various collaborative arrangements and handling the related communication and technical challenges. The course is divided into four parts:


Part 1 – Technological Foundations of Communication Systems This part of the course will consist of four sessions, taught by Dr. Jens Lechtenbörger. He will address relevant issues to technical structures for communication and collaboration. These sessions will introduce the technical context of distributed systems: design issues, Internet infrastructure, web and e-mail applications, and Git as sample collaborative platform. An exercise will provide hands-on experience with Git.

Part 2 – Theoretical Foundations of Communication Systems This part will involve completing self-study readings and outlines over the course of four sessions as well as participating in an online ”crisis response” collaboration exercise. The self-study readings build on the technical context, adding foundational communication issues that arise when using mediated communication systems. The exercise will provide a common communication and collaboration experience for all class members to aid in the later class discussions.

Part 3 – Outcomes of Using Communication Systems This part will consist of in-class sessions, taught by Prof. Dr. Russell Haines. Building on your understanding of the technical and theoretical foundation, we will complete readings and discuss how affordances of mediating technologies affect interaction and collaboration.

Part 4 – Social Organizations Using Communication Systems This part will consist of in-class sessions, taught by Prof. Dr. Russell Haines, Simon Lansmann, and Rewat Thapa. We will complete readings and discuss (1) personal, group, and social issues that arise when using mediated communication, (2) how communication and collaboration systems affect organizations, and (3) emerging modes of organizing and teamwork due to organizational and societal transformation.


Will be announced in the lecture.


  • Dr. Jens Lechtenbörger (verantwortlich)