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Management Information Systems Hardcover – July 20, 1998

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About the Author

James A. O'Brien completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hawaii and Gonzaga University and earned an MS and PhD in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He has been professor and coordinator of the CIS area at Northern Arizona University, professor of Finance and Management Information Systems and chairman of the Department of Management at Eastern Washington University, and a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the University of Hawaii, and Central Washington University. Jim's research interests lie in developing and testing basic conceptual frameworks used in information systems development and management. He has written eight books, including several that have been published in multiple editions. He has also contributed to the field of information systems through the publication of many articles in business and academic journals, as well as through his participation in academic and industry associations in the field of information systems.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Irwin Professional Publishing; 4th edition (July 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072906111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072906110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,250,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I think the book is horrible. It does not do a good job at explaining the different technology, hardware, software, and other components that make up an IS/IT infrastructure. The book is targeted at end-user or managers but does not clearly explain issues relevant to people in management positions, which is how to measure the cost and benefit involved. Moreover, it is very difficult to read because of repetitions. For example, the phrase "Internet, intranet, and extranet" is repeated hundreds or even thousands of times for no apparent reasons. Finally, the cases in the appendix are vague and unclear. One example is the Sonoco case, in which the order fulfillment technology is explained up to the point of production, but there is no mention of how the IS/IT system helps the company to schedule deliveries and track shipments to its customers.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because it was required for a course I was taking and I have found most of the information it covered almost priceless. This is generalized entry level book so the usual explain-everything-in-too-much detail stuff was there (do I really need to know how a floppy disk works?) but at the same time the author did an excellent job of pointing out where the technology is probably going. The author contrasted distributed applications and web based application and how they complement each other or how web based applications can replace weaknesses that have always existed older technologies. He explained practical uses for internet/intranet/extranet based technology not only for e-commerce but for the day to day operations of any company. There are also very good real world cases listed throughout the whole book. He spent quit a bit of time dealing with the managment/procedural issues of IT which was really right on the mark. The only down side was that there was too much covered in not enough space or time (can anyone honestly do justice to ethical issues in 20 pages?). I would definitely recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I really thought the book was a great tool to introduce people to Information Technology. It does not go into great detail, but it isn' supposed to. If you wants details, you probally have a technical background way beyond the scope of this book. I would reccomend it for anyone new to the IT World.
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Format: Hardcover
A very useful book with clear and lively sample of famous and well-known enterprises. It is easy to understand and like a daily reference book.
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By CG-NJ on February 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm working on a BSc Computing degree, and have used this book as a reference to write several top grade papers.
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