Business Information Systems

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Business Information Systems provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to information systems and their application in organisations.
Essential elements:

• Business-focused – concise but comprehensive coverage of the core material for business students
• Grounded in theory – provides a strong foundation in the subject
• Coherent and integrated – builds concepts systematically, showing the connections between subjects and leading to a more sophisticated understanding of how different areas interrelate
• Fully up-to-date – with the latest developments and cutting edge ideas from the field
• Practical – demonstrates the application of theory to real-world situations through over 30 specially-written case studies with global appeal plus new online 'Careers in IS' videos
• Supported – by a vast array of quality resources online at

Brand new key features for this second edition:

• Online 'Careers in IS' videos with integrated exercises in the book, easily accessible via a QR code, and featuring leading practitioners in the public and private sectors. These include the CTO of the BBC and the Deputy Head of e-Commerce at talking about why technology is central to business operations, and providing valuable career guidance.
• New sections throughout including cloud computing, mobile eCommerce, eGovernment and green ICT
• Content aligned with IS2010 model curricula and capability outcomes and AACSB and AMBA requirements.
• Nine new UK and international cases including 'The Arab Spring and Social Media', 'Off-shoring in Bangalore' and 'The Indian Identity Number'.

Business Information Systems links with 15 cases from the Journal of Information Technology and the Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases with easy online access.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for the 1st edition:
'An interesting and original approach to information systems that combines business relevance with a sound theoretical foundation.' – MARTIN RICH, Cass Business School, UK
'A book to recommend. The author engages positively with the reader through continuous provision of examples, exercises and brilliant diagrams.' – LAURA CAMPOY, University of the West of England, UK
'A great resource for Business Information Systems students and practitioners alike, this text brings contemporary theory and practice to life with useful case studies and practical examples.' – JULIAN COLEMAN, University of Bolton, UK
'Learning outcomes, case reviews and projects are extremely good; the Case Study Matrix is excellent.' – ULF HOGLIND, Swedish Business School at Örebro University, Sweden
'Covers a wide range of essential topics and helps students understand the relationship between information systems and business
performance. Each chapter has a clear pedagogical layout to help students conceptualise and apply theory.' – VLADLENA BENSON, Kingston University, UK
'A fresh and timely approach to the subject, this interesting and stimulating textbook is both challenging and mentally satisfying. It explains and justifies key processes fundamental to students' future roles in the workplace.' – GORDON HARRIS, University of Exeter Business School, UK
'I have found your book useful already and I have not even finished my a result of this, once your book has lived its life as a 'prescribed text' it has earned itself a permanent position on my bookcase.' - MARTIN BEVAN-JENKINS, Student at Griffith
University, Queensland, Australia
Reader review from Amazon:
'This is a fine book, lots of interesting information, and starts from scratch of computer business. A fine book indeed.' Hemming Petersen, Faeroe Islands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230203686
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL BEYNON-DAVIES is Professor ofBusiness Informaticsat the Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University, UK. He spent several years in the ICT industry and is the author of a number of highly successful books including Information Systems, Information Systems Development and Database Systems.

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Table of Contents

Message to Students
Message to Lecturers
About the Book
Guided Tour of the Book

1. Introduction: The Domain of Business Information Systems

2. Organisations and Systems
3. Data, Information and Knowledge
4. Information Systems and Organisational Infrastructure

5. Communication Infrastructure
6. ICT Systems Infrastructure

7. The Business Environment
8. Electronic Business, Electronic Commerce and Electronic Government
9. Assessing the Use and Impact of Information Systems

10. Planning, Strategy and Management
11. Services, Projects and Operations
12. Information Systems Development
13. Conclusion: Successful Informatics Practice

Case Studies

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