Principles of Information Systems: A Managerial Approach

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Thomson/Course Technology, 2003 - Management information systems. - 692 pages
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Information technologies and strategies for managing them can change rapidly, but the information systems principles guiding both remain timeless. These principles continue to form the backbone of this textbook and are used to guide readers through every chapter. By presenting the details and the big picture, Ralph Stair and George Reynolds put the lessons of managing information systems into an understandable and memorable context. Each chapter starts with Learning Objectives clearly tied to principles, and it is these principles that link the tools and concepts together throughout. This new Sixth Edition also offers completely updated coverage as well as an increased focus on the effects of globalization on information systems. Readers get the best possible foundation to prepare them for the rapidly changing pace of business today.

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Contents

An Overview
2
What is an Information System?
13
Information Technology Concepts
83
Copyright

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Dr. 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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