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Management Information Systems: Organization and Technology in the Networked Enterprise Hardcover – August 2, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0130117328 ISBN-10: 0130117323 Edition: 6 Sub

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 662 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 Sub edition (August 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130117323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130117328
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Utilizing technology to explain information systems and technology, this best seller prepares readers for the ever-changing demands of information systems management. The authors focus on the interconnections between technology, the organization, and IS management. Explores all of today's leading-edge topics such as intranets and extranets, firewalls and Internet security, Internet-based group collaboration, and supply chain management. Tracks emerging technologies and organizational trends using real business examples to illustrate MIS issues and concepts. Features an enhanced Web site for management problem solving, with electronic commerce tours of real companies, international links to Web sites around the world, and more. Offers an optional CD-ROM with figures, graphs, photos, audio, video, exercises, and summaries. The ideal reference for executives and managers who want to learn more about management information systems.

About the Author

Kenneth C. Laudon is a Professor of Information Systems at New York University's Stern School of Business. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has authored eleven books dealing with information systems, organizations, and society. Professor Laudon has also written over forty articles concerned with the social, organizational, and management impacts of information systems, privacy, ethics, and multimedia technology. Professor Laudon's current research is on the planning and management of large-scale information systems and multimedia information technology. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation to study the evolution of national information systems at the Social Security Administration, the IRS, and the FBI. A part of this research is concerned with computer-related organizational and occupational changes in large organizations, changes in management ideology, changes in public policy, and understanding productivity change in the knowledge sector. Ken Laudon has testified as an expert before the United States Congress. He has been a researcher and consultant to the Office of Technology Assessment (United States Congress) and to the Office of the President, several executive branch agencies, and Congressional Committees. Professor Laudon also acts as an in-house educator for several consulting firms and as a consultant on systems planning and strategy to several Fortune 500 firms. Ken works with the Concours Group to provide advice to firms developing enterprise systems. Ken Laudon's hobby is sailing. Jane Price Laudon is a management consultant in the information systems area and the author of seven books. Her special interests include systems analysis, data management, MIS auditing, software evaluation, and teaching business professionals how to design and use information systems. Jane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, her M.A. from Harvard University, and her B.A. from Barnard College. She has taught at Columbia University and the New York University Graduate School of Business. She maintains a lifelong interest in Oriental languages and civilizations. The Laudons have two daughters, Erica and Elisabeth. Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm reflects a deep understanding of MIS research and teaching as well as practical experience designing and building real-world systems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to read thanks to a nice predicable divition and layout.
Kenneth Wessel
What I most appreciate is the structure of the chapters, the richness of Case Studies and the use of both multimedia and Internet.
Luis Arroyo
Also, I think it makes some strong claims which are not true in many situations.
HockeyBrad

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DISenchanted on October 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The recommended reading list for the DANTES management information systems test listed "Management Information Systems: Organization and Technology by Kenneth and Jane Laudon" current edition. [Although this particular book's title is "Management Information Systems: organization and technology in the networked Enterprise"]
This one appeared to be the latest book that Kenneth and Jane Laudon had available.
The content was okay, but not sufficient to pass the DANTES MIS test. I had to supplement my studying with the MIS book by James A. O'Brien. If you are looking for a textbook to use for passing the DANTES MIS test, use the James A. O'Brien book.
The layout of the book is VERY distracting. Not an easy read. Not smooth flowing due to the hideous layout. The book's graphics designer probably thinks it's a work of art. But then they probably only had to "look" at it, not actually TRY to read it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Wessel on January 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Management Information Systems" provides an adequate general knowledge of the theme, a blend between technical/SW development knowledge and general managerial experience. It is very easy to read thanks to a nice predicable divition and layout.
Cases are quite good and summons up every chapter. Cases are showing examples from different countries and cultures.
The books' major strength is that it is understandable for readers with all types of background. This is also quite boring, because the authors are using a lot of words to explain quite basic facts known by 90% of the readers from the "real world".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dannomite on May 13, 2002
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This book was comprehensive and covered a vast amount of material from ethics, and security to Artificial Intelligence and internet technology. Each chapter presented a management challenge and a wealth of great case studies and real world examples of Information Systems including intranets, extranets, VAN's and VPN's. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel my knowledge has definately increased. No, this book will not make you an expert, there are other topic specific books for that, but it will expose you to a wide variety of digital technology and educate you about how it is being used and managed in organazations.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stan Cholodnjak on May 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a computer programmer and had to use this book as a requirement for CIS class for my MBA degree. In my class I did not meet a single person who liked the book or found it satisfactory. I don't claim that I know everything about MIS. But the terms I knew are not explained well in the book. And it is very hard to understand terms I did not know. To illustrate my point, here is book's definition of the term `hypertext markup language (html)' - "Page description language for creating Web pages and other hypermedia documents." In my opinion you don't explain word `hypertext' with `hypermedia'. "Page description language for creating Web pages" doesn't sound intuitive either. Most of the definitions sound like that. The only positive thing was that Book Store gave me 50% of the book price back when I returned it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luis Arroyo on November 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the second time I plan to teach with Laudon & Laudon, and suppose I'll do it again in the future. It's a luxury to have one book so much oriented to teaching, but teaching right now, in the XXI century, using multimedia and e-learning. I have never found such a quantity of references, business cases and the like. Well structured, well organized and very well presented. Leading-edge topics are also included, so it's a real updated material.
I'm living in Spain, so my comments need to be interpreted from this perspective. I plan to use this material in an MBA, and I'm sure my students will be delighted with this selection.
This is not the book of an author, this is the result of the work of tenths of people working together to produce such an useful material.
What I most appreciate is the structure of the chapters, the richness of Case Studies and the use of both multimedia and Internet.
With all this in mind I can hardly understand how one can give only 3 stars instead of 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HockeyBrad on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's informative, but it's sure a snoozer. The cases are the most interesting part of the book. Also, I think it makes some strong claims which are not true in many situations. In this industry, you should never say "This is the way it is everywhere" because by tomorrow something will have changed.
As an instructor, I would use it as a good book to pull examples and cases out of. As a student, I'd study the bold words and try and stay awake for the rest of it.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Suhreed Sarkar on July 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While studying for MBA, my course teacher suggested this book as text. After reading this book, I could not undertsnad why the book is still in market? It has so many technical mistakes. I am mentioning one here.
The authors described "Star Topology" as: consists of a central computer connected to a number of smaller computers or terminals. Anybody having basic knowledge on computer networking will disagree with this definition. Actually the computers are connected to a hub or switch, not to a computer, and the computers need not to be 'smaller'.
The definition of other network topologies are also flawed. At the end of section 'The Ring Network' the authors commented that: Both ring and bus topologies are used in local area networks (LANs)... Probably they want to say that Star topology is not used in LAN, but the fact is that most of LANs in today's world use Star topology.
Definition of RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) is also confusing. The authors said that "more than hundred small disks" make RAID. Can't we make RAID with 3 or 5 disks?
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