• Unit 4: Information Systems and Organization Strategy

    Strategic MIS is the application of information management in the overall strategy of a business. Many corporations include a Chief Information Officer (CIO) in executive management to implement information systems to be more competitive. What good would it do for Apple to create an iPhone application that can tell where you are and serve you ads based on location if it was unable to process that information? Part of the role of the CIO would be to figure out if it is possible to do this now – and if not now, when it will be.

    This unit will examine how information technology and information systems change the way organizations operate. The unit starts with an examination of some of the key technological forces that characterize the information age, which all firms must consider in their strategic planning. Next, you will learn about the special characteristics and challenges faced by business-to-business operations. The unit concludes with an examination how organizations adapt to technological changes.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 12 hours.

    • 4.1: Information Systems and Strategy

      • 4.1.1: IT and Competitive Advantage

      • 4.1.2: Porter’s Five Forces and Value Chain

      • 4.1.3: Decision Support Systems

      • 4.1.4: ERP Systems

    • 4.2: The People in Information Systems

      • 4.2.1: Roles

      • 4.2.2: Organization of the IT Function

      • 4.2.3: User Types

    • Unit 4 Assessment