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:
‚€Ęhave the ability to add, remove, modify, or extend functionalities with minimal penalties in terms of time, cost, and effort
‚€Ęhave the ability to process information in a flexible manner
‚€Ęhave 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:
‚€Ędiscussion of the concept of agile information systems (i.e. defining agile information management, its attributes, antecedents, consequences, etc.)
‚€Ędiscussion 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.)
‚€Ędiscussion 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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Confronting Information Systems Inflexibility in Dynamic Environments
2 Agile Information Systems for Agile Decision Making
KM Principles Support Agile Systems
4 Producing and Consuming Agility
Need Readiness and Alignment with IT Strategies
The Roles of FirmSpecific Complementary Organizational Culture and Structure
The Case of the California Energy Commission
The Roles of Loose Coupling and Web Services Oriented Architecture
12 Investigating the Role of Information Systems in Contributing to the Agility of Modern Supply Chains
A Critical Review of Enterprise Systems
14 Enterprise Information Systems and the Preservation of Agility
15 Interpretative Flexibility and Hosted ERP Systems
An OverArching Assessment Framework for Systems Development
The Western Digital Experience
An Agile Development Project
19 Organizational Agility with Mobile ICT? The Case of London Black Cab Work

9 Agile Information Systems as a Double Dream
Implications for Information Systems Design and Firm Strategy
11 Integration Management for Heterogeneous Information Systems
20 CoEvolution and CoDesign of Agile Organizations and Information Systems Through AgentBased Modeling

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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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