Discussion 2: Shared Practiceâ€”Role of Business Information Systems
Note: This Discussion has slightly different due dates than what is typical for this program. Be mindful of this as you post and respond in the Discussion. Your post is due on Day 7 and your Response is due on Day 3 of Week 2.
As a manager, it is critical for you to understand the types of business information systems available to support business operations, management, and strategy. As of 2013, these include, but are certainly not limited to the following:
- Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Accounting Information System
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Decision Support Systems (DSS)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- Human Resource Management
These types of systems support critical business functions and operations that every organization must manage. The effective manager understands the purpose of these types of systems and how they can be best used to manage the organizationâ€™s data and information.
In this Discussion, you will share your knowledge and findings related to business information systems and the role they play in your organization. You will also consider your colleaguesâ€™ experiences to explore additional ways business information systems might be applied in your colleaguesâ€™ organizations, or an organization with which you are familiar.
By Day 7
- Describe two or three of the more important technologies or business information systems used in your organization, or in one with which you are familiar.
- Discuss two examples of how these business information systems are affecting the organization you selected. Be sure to discuss how individual behaviors and organizational or individual processes are changing and what you can learn from the issues encountered.
- Summarize what you have learned about the importance of business information systems and why managers need to understand how systems can be used to the organizationâ€™s advantage.
You should find and use at least one additional current article from a credible resource, either from the Walden Library or the Internet. Please be specific, and remember to use citations and references as necessary.
BÃ©langer, F., Van Slyke, C., & Crossler, R. (2019). Information systems for business: An experiential approach, 3e. Burlington, VT: Prospect Press.
- Chapter 1: The Value of Information
Drnevich, P. L., & Croson, D. C. (2013). Information technology and business-level strategy: Toward an integrated theoretical perspective. MIS Quarterly, 37(2), 483-509.
In this article, Drnevich and Croson argue the importance of integrating information technology with both functional and business-level strategies and goals in order to improve organizational flexibility and performance. The authors explore the implications of IT and business strategy alignment on maintaining existing organizational capabilities, as well as capitalizing on future opportunities.
KneÅ¾eviÄ‡, S., StankoviÄ‡, A., & Tepavac, R. (2012). Accounting information system as a platform for business and financial decision-making in the company. Management, 65, 63â€“69.
Using the content analysis method, the authors of this paper discuss different types of accounting information systems, as well as their role and active use as a platform in decision making.
Olson, D. L., & Staley, J. (2012). Case study of open-source enterprise resource planning implementation in a small business. Enterprise Information Systems, 6(1), 79-94.
This study addresses the feasibility of open-source enterprise resource planning systems for small businesses. The authors discuss the opportunities and the risks associated with implementing these systems, using a case involving two separate efforts to utilize free enterprise resource planning software products in a small engineering firm.
Vickery, S. K., Droge, C. C., Setia, P. P., & Sambamurthy, V. V. (2010). Supply chain information technologies and organisational initiatives: Complementary versus independent effects on agility and firm performance. International Journal Of Production Research, 48(23), 7025-7042.