Thanks to the rapid advancement in information technology and the innovative development in business administration strategies, Information Management—the discipline that combines and elaborates these two thoughts—remarkably emerged in the last decades of the twentieth century. The significance of Information Management is increasingly appreciated in our highly information-dependent society, as this very discipline reflects not only the wide applicability of information systems in support of business administration, but also the subtlety in ensuring the proper function of fundamental information systems themselves. Whereas the perspectives of information technology and management lead to reasonably divergent views, the subject of how to enable these two perspectives to complement each other, and thereby evoke even more startling sparkles, has always been of central importance to us—the scholars of this field.
The Department of Information Management at National Taiwan University (NTU IM) was established to cultivate leaders in Information Management, pursue excellence in teaching and research, and continually engage in societal developments. The overall educational goal, and the most distinctive character, of NTU IM is training the students to possess: 1. solid foundations in Information Technology knowledge, 2. proficient skills in professional management, 3. a broad vision in strategic thinking, and 4. ethical integrity and caring for the society. For postgraduate programs, more specific objectives are set to train the students to become: 1. IT practitioners who can manage, 2. professional managers who understand technology, 3. independent researchers with a critical mind, and 4. team leaders with ethical integrity.