EFFECT OF DIGITAL INNOVATION ON THE CONTENTS OF BUSINESS INFORMATICS CURRICULA
1 University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Economics Subotica (SERBIA)
2 University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz (LIECHTENSTEIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:In recent years, new digital technologies have significantly changed the way we live and work, as well as the way organizations operate. These new technologies caused the need for a serious approach to modification higher of education processes in the areas of business, especially business informatics. If they are to effectively direct strategies of modern organizations in the changed environment, managers, as key products of education in these areas, first and foremost must understand the occurring transformations (what is driving them, where they are headed). In addition to that, managers themselves need to become digital innovators, actively involved in these changes. Relatively inexpensive, easy-to-use digital infrastructure consisting of computers, mobile devices, broadband network connections, application platforms, etc. creates an opportunity for all business professionals to be a part of the innovation process and contribute to the success of their organizations.
Digital innovations that are embodied in or enabled by information technologies (IT) are very broadly defined and include products, processes and business models. Such innovations require an analytical approach to both core and elective courses of business informatics curricula, as well as to and their purposeful modification.
This paper briefly presents the characteristics of digital innovation as the basis for changes of curricula in the field of business informatics. Content of courses made necessary by digital innovations are particularly highlighted. A detailed analysis of competences and course contents was carried out based on a selection of existing curricula in this area that are implemented within several highest ranked universities in Europe. Lastly, this paper presents a preliminary proposal of an up-to-date business informatics curriculum which is in line with trends initiated by digital innovation. The curriculum was developed for the Faculty of Economics Subotica, based on results of comparative analysis of existing and required courses.
Keywords: Business informatics, digital innovation, curriculum.