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Managing Organisations in the Digital Age

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €599 per programme


Please note that due to COVID-19 this course will take place online.

The label ‘Industry 4.0’ applies loosely to a set of emerging digital technologies that influence the way goods and services are produced and consumed in contemporary societies. Even though no one knows what the future will bring, we can now safely say that the digitalisation trend is here to stay and that nothing will ever be the same in the world of industry. This course explores the implications of industry 4.0 for the way in which organisations are managed. On day one, we will introduce the different technologies labelled under ‘industry 4.0’: internet of things, cyber physical systems, block chain, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and augmented reality. On day two, we will examine the implications of these different technologies for managing operations in organisations. On day three, we will study the implications for managing human resources in organizations. On day four, we will discuss the implications for strategic decision-making. Finally, on day five, students will present their takeaways from the course to the rest of the class.

Course Duration and Dates This is a one-week course running from the 12th of July until the 16th of July, 2021.

The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 2 ECTS according to Maastricht University MSS guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions

• To review all the digital technologies associated with industry 4.0
• To assess the individual and collective impact of digital technologies on organisation management and performance
• To discuss what the benefits and challenges are of applying digital technologies to the management of organisations

Instruction language

The course is aimed at students with at least an introductory awareness of organisation management. This means students should have at least completed a first year’s bachelor degree in business studies, management, economics, sociology or a related field. At the start of the course students are expected to understand the basics of organisational design and of the relationship between organisations and their external environment.

Recommend literature
The literature consists of a set of articles and case studies to be distributed before the course starts.

Teaching methods
▪ Lectures ▪ PBL ▪ Work in subgroups

Assessment methods

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