About this course

The E-Business course addresses the business structure for electrionic business, as well as the related technology support of e-business. The focus is on inter-organizational business operation in which information and communication technology is an enabling factor. E-commerce, most significantly business-to-business e-commerce, is an important category of e-business in this respect. The first part of this course follows the BOAT framework to place e-business elements in perspective, distinguishing the business, organizational, architecture and technology aspects of e-business scenarios. These can be placed in a demand pull or technology push context. For the business and organization aspects, attention is paid to e-business paradigms like dynamic service outsourcing and highly dynamic supply chains. A pivotal point in this course is the architecture aspect of the framework, covering the mapping of organization architectures to information system and technology class architectures. Attention is paid to architecture and technology standards in the e-business field. Important technology classes are placed into perspective and essential characteristics are discussed. In the second part of the course, the BOAT framework is complemented by techniques for business model design and data-driven business design, applied in e-business scenarios. The emphasis of the course is on the analysis and design of complex e-business structures, using well-organized models and techniques. This emphasis is reflected in the group assignments to be completed by the students enrolled in this course, which are based on these models and techniques.

Learning outcomes

The student can describe the general field of e-business, more specifically explain the levels of the BOAT framework and their possible relations.
The student can describe the main elements playing a role at each of the BOAT levels and provide examples of these.
The student can classify e-business applications and describe them in terms of the BOAT framework.
The student can analyze the organization and information system architecture of e-business applications and their relation (at a high level of abstraction).
The student can analyze the applicability of specific standards and technologies in specific e-business application contexts.
The student can apply design techniques for business model design and data driven business design.
The student can form an opinion about historic, current and future developments in e-business.

Required prior knowledge

You must meet one of the following collections of requirements

  • Collection 1
  • Completed Final examination Bsc program
  • Collection 2
  • Completed Pre-Master

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  • Start date

    21 April 2025

    • Ends
      22 June 2025
    • Term *
      Block GS4
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      15 Nov, 00:00 - 23 Mar 2025
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