Theoretical Foundations of Managements Information Systems (IS) Winter 2003, Room UC 64
Professor Marius Janson
Office: 207 Computer Center Building
Office Hours: Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Class Hours: Tuesday 6:55-9:35 p.m.
Alter (1999) Information Systems: A Management
Perspective, 3rd Edition, Addison Wesley.
the Instructor: Marius
Janson is Professor of Management Information Systems (IS) at the University of
Missouri-St. Louis and Visiting Professor of IS at Oulun Yliopisto, Oulu, Finland. His
research focuses on Data Integrity, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Prototyping,
Information Systems and Economic Transformation in Eastern European Countries, Information
Systems and Organizational and Societal Transformation, and Electronic Commerce. His
publications have appeared in Decision Sciences,
Information and Management, International Journal of Information Management, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management
Information Systems Quarterly, and Omega. He
has held visiting faculty positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1990,
1992, 1993); University of Gdansk, Poland (1995); University of Maribor, Slovenia (1997);
and Oulun Yliopisto, Finland (2000). Prior to his academic career he was Electrical
Engineer and Manager of Engineering at Honeywell, Inc. Minneapolis, MN, and at Research,
Inc., Eden Prairie, MN. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota,
course focuses on the practical application of information systems (IS) in organizations.
The course will draw on IS theory covered in the textbook and on first hand research of
application of IS does not occur in a world that can be described mechanistically, instead
IS is introduced in human organizations. Hence, describing and understanding IS
implementation requires multidisciplinary methods such as found in systems theory,
statistics, economics, political science, management, sociology, ethnography, and
linguistics. No one is expected to be conversant with all these theories. Consequently,
research articles using some of these theories will be introduced where appropriate.
difficulties surrounding the application of IS have confounded us ever since the 1950s
when the earliest computer-based information systems were introduced and it is hardly
better today. These difficulties were made worse by the fact that IS personnel were
forever coming up with new "fads" that were "hyped" as being the
ultimate solution to all organizational problems. Hence, as a defense against
disappointment, the practicing manager should critically evaluate IT claims and IT
research. Creating a critical attitude is one of the objectives of the course.
one reads incessantly that he/she lives in a global economy. For example, many US-based
and European-based companies outsource software development to India. Also, business
applications increasingly span multiple continents with different cultures. Generating
appreciation for and sensitivity to cultural assumptions is essential to working in an
international business environment. This course introduces IT applications in North
America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia. This means that international job
assignments will be the rule rather than the exception
Attendance and Participation: It is
essential that students attend class without fail. Furthermore, to ensure lively class
discussion the assigned materials should be read before the due date. The instructor's
role during class discussions is one of ensuring focus but student input to the
discussions is essential. To ensure attendance and participation we will have four
un-announced short quizzes (fifteen minutes in length) at the start of class sessions
(i.e., not all classes will have a quiz). Quizzes will be based on the readings assigned
for the day of the quiz. The quiz with the lowest score will be dropped. There will be NO MAKEUP quizzes - if you miss taking a quiz
consider that the one that you may drop.
and exams are open book and open notes. This is in keeping with course philosophy that
holds that understanding the issues is far more useful and important than learning by
route. However, be aware that close reading of the assigned materials is essential to
achieving good grades. It is unlikely that one can makeup during a quiz or exam for not
having read the assigned topics.
Assignments and Grades:
(Take Home) 20%
will be divided into groups of four students each. Each group will make a one-hour
in-class presentation. These presentations will be scheduled during the final hour of a
class session. Each group will be assigned a unique project. Project topics will
correspond to the readings and, hence, all students are expected to be knowledgeable about
the material being presented. I expect classmates to engage the presenters in lively
discourse. Presenters spend much time and effort and, hence, I expect critique from
classmates to be helpful and supportive.
should be typed, single-spaced, no more than 10 pages in length, using MS Word and
submitted as an attachment to an e-mail message. The submission should include overheads
in MS Power Point. Preparing a good presentation takes time and it is therefore necessary
that groups contact me early on during the semester.
reports should be well written, well researched, and well referenced. Good reports writing
skills can be learned by carefully reading the research articles used in this class.
Writing in active voice and using a direct style is preferred (e.g., articles by Lacity).
1. Role and/or Use of Information Systems in Organizations
2. Ethics and Information Systems in Organizations
3. eCommerce Business Model
4. eCommerce Business Strategy
5. Economic Transformation and Information Systems
Exam Due Date:
Tuesday May 13 (Exams will be accepted until 24:00). Exams should be typed, single-spaced
using MS-Word and submitted as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com.
||Chptr 1, 1-14, Chptr 2, 25-28, 44-52.
||The nature and scope of IS and its uses in organizations. The nature of IT and its relation to IS.
||Chptr 3, 53-79, Chptr 4, 127-131.
||Bacon, C. J., and Fitzgerald, B.
(2001) A Systemic Framework for the Field of Information Systems, in Database
for Advances in Information Systems, New York: NY.
||Computer languages: purpose, historical development, expertise
needed, role and life of programmer.
||Chptr 5, 173-202.
||Janson, M., and Subramanian, A. (1995) Packaged Software
Selection and Implementation Policies, INFOR.
||Software Packages: Transaction processing, ERP, Data Warehousing,
CRM, Office Automation, Groupware.
||Chptr 6, 203-226.
||Software Packages: Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems.
||Chptr 7, 228-258.
||Iivari, J., and Janson, M. (2003) Analysis of Electronic
Commerce Adopter Categories: The Case of Automobile Dealerships, Journal of
||eCommerce: B2C, B2B, B2E, G2E applications, strategy, development.
||Chptr 7, 228-258.
||Anand Jeyaraj, The Evolution of eBusiness Strategies.
||eCommerce: Real-world applications.
||Chptr 8, 315-383.
||IS: How does it support human problem solving?
||Chptr 9, 347-346.
||Janson, M., (1997) Colruyt: An Organization Committed to
Communication, Information Systems Journal.
||IS analysis, design, and implementation.
||Chptr 9, 347-346, Chptr 10, 368-382.
||Sauer, C., and Lau, C. (1997) Trying to Adopt Systems
Development Methodologies: A Case-Based Exploration of Business Users Interests,
Information Systems Journal.
||IS analysis, design, and implementation, and acquiring an IS without
||Midterm Exam, Chptr 11, 384-403
||Midterm covers chapters 1 through 10. Exam will be a mix of multiple
choice and essay questions.
||Chptr 11, 384-403
||Enduser computing: Why enduser computing and how to manage this
activity. Presentation Group 1.
||Chptr 13, 551-573.
||Dexter, A., Janson, M., Kiudorf, E., and Laast-Laas (1993) Key
Information Technology Issues in Estonia, Journal of Strategic Information
||Managing the IS effort and the role of the Chief Information Officer
(CIO). Presentation Group 2.
||Chptr 14, 575-596.
||Managing IT resources and the role of the CIO. Presentation Group 3.
||Chptr 15, 597-626.
||Janson, M. (1985) Prototyping for Systems Development: A
Critical Appraisal, MISQ.
||Managing IT function and the role of the CIO. Presentation Group 4.