Information systems are key to the organizations in which they operate as they are part of a company’s infrastructure. The objective of this minor is to become aware of the fact that information systems should not be designed in isolation, but to understand the broad context information systems do operate within companies. This broad context includes basics of traditional bookkeeping combined with modern IT systems, legal and societal requirements regarding Corporate Governance and taxes as well as basic concepts of organizational behavior and decision making.
This minor is a unique course as it combines most relevant aspects of accounting, organizations and society. Amongst others focus is on relevant aspects of accounting and IT systems, corporate governance and organizations and decision-making and tax and organizations. All courses will discuss societal implications and corporate responsibility of doing business. The module is also unique because of its multidisciplinary approach and last but not least because of the variety in teaching methods.
Completing this minor will allow you to understand the effects of integrating traditional bookkeeping with modern IT systems, the legal and societal role of good Corporate Governance as well as the importance of organizational behavior and decision making.
Business Intelligence and Analytics
Learn to fully deploy the potential of data, and business intelligence and analytics solutions, to create a competitive advantage. This course primarily has a managerial focus, but you will also get hands-on experience with relevant BI&A technologies. In addition, industry experts and BI&A consultants will share their insights and experience in weekly workshops.
Organizational Behavior and Decision Making
In this course an examination of the human factor in an organizational context is presented. The course includes an introduction to relevant theories and concepts that can be applied in actual practice. Central is the understanding at the individual, group and organizational levels of social behavior in an organizational context.
Accounting and IT Systems II
After a brief discussion of some basic IT concepts the objective of this course is to understand the theoretical and practical role of an ERP-system in managing business and administrative processes of a company. Using SAP, students will practice preparing a management report about the performance of a company.
Corporate Governance and Accountibility
This course employs an integrated “building-blocks” approach and starts explaining how CG is defined and measured. The relation with accounting practices, internal control, financial reporting, and enterprise risk management will be discussed as well as how executive and supervisory tasks of boards relate to strategies
of management, monitoring, accountability, and control. Among others, the objectives and effectiveness of CG codes and principles will be discussed in depth.
Tax and Organizations
Students will get a basic understanding of Dutch tax law and will be able to understand and discuss major tax issues. During the course income tax, company tax as well as VAT will be central.
For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.
This minor is relevant for students in Business Administration and Economics and for students from other bachelor's programmes interested in Accounting and Organizations and their role in society. In case you plan to attend the Postgraduate Accountancy Porgramme to become a Registeraccountant (RA), the content of this minor is mandatory.
VU student: you can register for the courses of the minor via VUnet from 15 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via register.vu.nl. More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.
1 semester (30 EC)
Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Informatica, Wiskunde en Bedrijf
School of Business and Economics