Fundamentals of Information Systems

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Computers - 496 pages
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Readers gain with a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of information systems (IS) today in just nine brief chapters with Stair/Reynolds’ FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 6E. Readers explore the key principles of IS with a captivating overview of the IS discipline and the rapidly changing role of today’s IS professional. More than 50 new references in each chapter bring the latest IS topics and examples to the forefront, while new opening vignettes, cases and special interest features clearly demonstrate the emphasis today’s organizations place on innovation and speed. Readers gain an understanding of cloud computing, forecasting and some of the most recent developments affecting virtual communities, virtual teams and work structures. It’s the concise IS overview readers need to function more effectively as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders in business today.
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Ralph Stair received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of New Orleans, and Florida State University. He has taught several courses through Florida State University's Study Abroad Program in London. Throughout the years, Dr. Stair has focused his teaching and research on information systems. He has endowed the Ralph Stair Prize in Innovative Education at Florida State University. He also provided funding for the Stair-Harkrider scholarship and the Ralph Stair Prize in Academic Improvement at his high school in Wisconsin.

Professor George Reynolds brings a wealth of business, teaching, and writing experience to this book. His successful business career spans four decades of working in government, institutional, and business IS organizations. Professor Reynolds combines this business and industry experience with exceptional teaching skills to deliver a text that is both practical and focused on the needs of today's student. Professor Reynolds has taught IS at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University (Ohio), the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. He has held positions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas; the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California; and Procter & Gamble and Atos IT Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professor Reynolds has authored more than two dozen popular textbooks addressing various aspects of today's information technology and business.

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