Agile Information Systems: Conceptualization, Construction, and Management

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Kevin C. Desouza
Routledge, 2007 - Business & Economics - 291 pages
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This book presents cutting-edge research and thinking on agile information systems. The concept of agile information systems has gained strength over the last 3 years, coming into the MIS world from manufacturing, where agile manufacturing systems has been an important concept for several years now. The idea of agility is powerful: with competition so fierce today and the speed of business so fast, a company's ability to move with their customers and support constant changing business needs is more important than ever. Agile information systems:
•have the ability to add, remove, modify, or extend functionalities with minimal penalties in terms of time, cost, and effort
•have the ability to process information in a flexible manner
•have the ability to accommodate and adjust to the changing needs of the end-users.
This is the first book to bring together academic experts, researchers, and practitioners to discuss how companies can create and deploy agile information systems. Contributors are well-regarded academics known to be on the cutting-edge of their fields.
The Editor, Kevin Desouza, has organized the chapters under three categories:
•discussion of the concept of agile information systems (i.e. defining agile information management, its attributes, antecedents, consequences, etc.)
•discussion of information systems within the context of agility (i.e., descriptions of agile information systems and their attributes, how to build agile information systems, etc.)
•discussion of organizational management issues in the context of agile information systems (i.e., how to prepare the organization for agile information systems, management of agile information systems for improved organizational performance, etc.)

*First book to address the hot topic of agile information systems
*Contributions break new ground and provide concrete applications for practice
*Contributors include highly respected academics from around the world
  

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Contents

Confronting Information Systems Inflexibility in Dynamic Environments
1
2 Agile Information Systems for Agile Decision Making
16
KM Principles Support Agile Systems
31
4 Producing and Consuming Agility
41
Need Readiness and Alignment with IT Strategies
52
The Roles of FirmSpecific Complementary Organizational Culture and Structure
70
The Case of the California Energy Commission
83
The Roles of Loose Coupling and Web Services Oriented Architecture
97
12 Investigating the Role of Information Systems in Contributing to the Agility of Modern Supply Chains
150
A Critical Review of Enterprise Systems
163
14 Enterprise Information Systems and the Preservation of Agility
178
15 Interpretative Flexibility and Hosted ERP Systems
188
An OverArching Assessment Framework for Systems Development
207
The Western Digital Experience
222
An Agile Development Project
239
19 Organizational Agility with Mobile ICT? The Case of London Black Cab Work
250

9 Agile Information Systems as a Double Dream
110
Implications for Information Systems Design and Firm Strategy
122
11 Integration Management for Heterogeneous Information Systems
134
20 CoEvolution and CoDesign of Agile Organizations and Information Systems Through AgentBased Modeling
266
Index
285
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Kevin C. Desouza is the director of the Metropolitan Institute and an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech
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