Management in organisations
The student will be able to:
- Be acquainted with several geo-information organisations (governmental versus industrial; geo-information producer versus geo-information user oriented), their roles and their scale level of application.
- Be acquainted with the principles of management science and management information sciences (modelling of business processes, quality assessments of these business processes, best allocation of available resources, simulation of alternative processes).
- Be acquainted with several (concrete) experiences related to geo-information management in organisations.
- Be acquainted with potential users and their requirements within geo-information organisations.
- Be acquainted with the role of main organisational resources (software, hardware, humanware, dataware and orgware) for geo-information management.
- Be acquainted with the concepts, processes and main components of spatial data infrastructures (data, people (human resources), policies, access networks and standards) to support data sharing between geo-information organisations.
- Be acquainted with the legal (especially privacy, intellectual property, access policy issues), institutional, technological, economic and cultural (SDI-)issues of the environment.
- Be acquainted with benefits and limitations of outsourcing.
- Be acquainted with the main methods and tools for organisation (infrastructure) planning, development and management (e. g. application of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), simple cost-benefit or cost recovery analyses).
- Be able to apply principles of management (information) sciences to geo-information organisations.
- Apply (business) and / or create (new) methods and tools for organisation (infrastructure) planning, development and management.
- Present a business plan (oral and written) for the management of a geo-information organisation.
- Develop a critical attitude towards geo-information management strategies for geo-information organisations.
The main objective is to be able to write for specific geo-information organisation a management strategy (business) plan that focuses mainly on the incorporation of SDI-facilities to improve the data sharing between organisations, based on internal resources and external conditions using business methods and tools for organisation (infrastructure) planning, development and management.
The module deals with several types of geo-information organisations, which differ in role (governmental versus industrial; geo-information producer versus geo-information user oriented) and scale (global, regional, national, state, local and corporate). When planning, developing and managing a suitable environment for a specific geo-information organisation, geo-information managers should focus on several organisation-internal resources (hardware, software, humanware, dataware and orgware) and on several external conditions like legal, cultural, technological, economic and institutional aspects. Special emphasis is made on spatial data infrastructures, which intention is to improve and to support the management of dataware. To support the decisions made, several business methods and tools exist for organisation planning, development and management. Application of these knowledge and methods/tools in a management strategy (business) plan is core business of this module, so that geo-information managers are able to make efficient use of available (desired) resources.
The course is split in five parts:
- concepts of geo-information organisations
- geo-information organisation development and management aspects
- SDI-concepts / nature and hierarchy
- SDI-components (technical components)
- Application (creation) of SDI geo-information organisation integration
Type of education
This distance learning module will include:
Announced in the description of this course module.
Letter of acceptance of the master programme Geographical Information Management and Applications.