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Overview

Now in its fifth edition, FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS continues to offer a concise overview of information systems fundamentals in a short, nine-chapter format. Students will be presented with the core IS principles, offered an overview of the IS discipline, and will learn the changing role of the IS professional. By achieving these goals, FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS will enable students, regardless of their major, to understand and use fundamental IS principles so that they can function more efficiently and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders. Each chapter has been completely updated with the latest topics and examples. Chapters have more than 50 new references; contain all new opening vignettes, Information Systems @ Work, and Ethical and Societal Issues special interest boxes; and contain examples of actual individuals and organizations using IS to their benefit.

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Meet the Author

Ralph Stair received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of New Orleans, and Florida State University. He has taught several courses through Florida State University's Study Abroad Program in London. Throughout the years, Dr. Stair has focused his teaching and research on information systems. He has endowed the Ralph Stair Prize in Innovative Education at Florida State University. He also provided funding for the Stair-Harkrider scholarship and the Ralph Stair Prize in Academic Improvement at his high school in Wisconsin.

Professor George Reynolds brings a wealth of business, teaching, and writing experience to this book. He combines his business career that spans 4 decades working in government, institutional, and business IS organizations with his exceptional teaching skills to deliver a text that is both practical and focused on the needs of today's student. Professor Reynolds has taught IS at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University, the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. He has held positions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas; the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California; and Procter & Gamble and Atos IT Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has authored over two dozen successful textbooks addressing various aspects of information technology and business.

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Table of Contents

Part I: INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN PERSPECTIVE. 1. An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations. Part II: TECHNOLOGY. 2. Hardware and Software. 3. Database Systems and Business Intelligence. 4. Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets. Part III: BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 5. Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems. 6. Information and Decision Support Systems. 7. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems. Part IV: SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES. 8. Systems Development. Part V: INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY. 9. The Personal and Social Impact of Computers. Glossary. Index.

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