Communication and Collaboration Systems (SS 2019)

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Wednesday 12:00- 14:00 weekly 03.04.2019- 10.07.2019 Leonardo-Campus 10, Leo 1
Friday 12:00- 14:00 weekly 05.04.2019- 12.07.2019 Leonardo-Campus 10, Leo 1


This lecture will be read in English.


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 organisational and inter-organisational systems. Yet our understanding of these changes and the implications for management remain poorly developed. Hence, this course attempts to offer rich theoretical and practical insights into the various dimensions of the relationship between communication and collaboration processes and technological advances in various organisational and inter-organisational contexts. In so doing, it will draw on bodies of social and organisation theory to develop in-depth understanding of communication and collaboration practices that are at the heart of organisational and societal transformations in the Digital Age.

The main part of the course will be taught by Dr. Simeon Vidolov who will place emphasis on the role of technologies in processes of communication, knowledge creation/sharing, and learning; processes of organizational and societal transformations and the related challenges; ICT and new modes of organising and teamwork; and, the emergence of new, distributed modes of organising work and collaborative production.

The last four sessions will be taught by Dr. Jens Lechtenbörger who will address relevant issues to technical structures for communication and collaboration. These sessions will introduce the broader context of distributed systems, and their basics in terms of Internet, DNS and Web.

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.



Will be announced in the lecture.


  • Dr. Simeon Vidolov (responsible)