Information Systems in Global Business Today
1.How are information systems transforming business and what is their relationship to globalization? 2.Why are information systems so essential for running and managing a business today? 3.What exactly is an information system? How does it work? What are its management, organization, and technology components? 4.What are complementary assets? Why are complementary assets essential for ensuring that information systems provide genuine value for an organization? 5.What academic disciplines are used to study information systems? How does each contribute to an understanding of information systems? What is a sociotechnical systems perspective?
1.1 The Role of Information Systems in Business Today
How Information Systems Are Transforming Business
What’s New in Management Information Systems?
Globalization Challenges and Opportunities: A Flattened World
The Emerging Digital Firm
Strategic Business Objectives of Information Systems
1.2Perspectives on Information Systems
What Is an Information System?
Dimensions of Information Systems
It Isn’t Just Technology: A Business Perspective on Information Systems
Complementary Assets: Organizational Capital and the Right Business Model 1.3Contemporary Approaches to Information Systems
Approach of This Text: Sociotechnical Systems
Management Decision Problems
Improving Decision Making: Using Databases to Analyze Sales Trends Improving Decision Making: Using the Internet to Locate Jobs Requiring Information Systems Knowledge
The following alphabetical list identifies the key terms discussed in this chapter. The page number for each key term is provided.
Business functions, 18Information technology (IT) infrastructure, 21 Business model, 13Input, 16
Business processes, 11Internet, 21
Complementary assets, 27Intranets, 21
Computer hardware, 20Knowledge workers, 18
Computer literacy, 17Management information systems (MIS), 17 Computer software, 20Middle management, 18
Culture, 20Network, 21
Data, 15Networking and telecommunications technology, 20
Data management technology, 20Operational management, 18
Data workers, 18Organizational and management capital, 27
Digital firm, 11Output, 16
Extranets, 21Processing, 16
Feedback, 16Production or service workers, 18
Information, 15Senior management, 18
Information system, 15Sociotechnical view, 30
Information systems literacy, 17World Wide Web, 21
Information technology (IT), 15
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