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Management Information Systems. MBA (II) Final Semester Course Lecturer: Farhan Mir. Course Lecturer. Farhan Azmat Mir MIMS [Monash University Melbourne] MBA (MIS) [B.Z.U] Gold Medal Consultation Method Best through e-mail address ([email protected]) OR

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management information systems

Management Information Systems

MBA (II) Final Semester

Course Lecturer: Farhan Mir

course lecturer
Course Lecturer

Farhan Azmat Mir MIMS [Monash University Melbourne]

MBA (MIS) [B.Z.U] Gold Medal

  • Consultation Method

Best through e-mail address ([email protected]) OR

After/before lectures on lecture day OR

Announced Timings in case of Assignments or Reports

lecture 1 2 3

Lecture 1, 2, 3

Introduction & Overview

lecture 1 2 administration
Lecture 1,2 Administration
  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction of the Class
  • Few Words on Lecture Notes
  • Introduction to Lecture Methodology
  • Management Information Systems Overview
course administration
Course Administration
  • New Assessment Criteria
    • 20 Prim
    • 25 Mid
    • 45 Final
    • 10 Sess
  • Lectures Notes
    • Available from Photostat shop before lectures
    • Basically about lecture’s contents and discussion topics
course administration1
Course Administration
  • Sessionals
    • May be written assignments (details in coming lectures
    • Attendance, Presentations, Quiz & Class Discussion & Participation
  • Requirements
    • Overall Class Attitude
    • Things to Avoid (Referencing, cut-copy-paste Culture)
    • Things to do (Innovation, Confidence, Work Attitude)
    • Critical Evaluation the key
course orientation
Course Orientation
  • Basically Theoretical focus

Introduction of Concepts and Issues in the field of IS

  • But
    • The practical orientation will also be a major focus of the course
    • Perhaps Demo from a local company by MIS Manager highlighting the practical issues and difficulties in the area of IS (Approx. in lectures close to MID in the week after MID)
    • Case Studies
  • Questions will be formulated in a way to examine both bookish as well as conceptual thinking
  • The Answers will be evaluated on the key requirement of “critical thinking”
  • Other details will be given close to Prim
text references
Text & References
  • Focus will be on topics rather Chapters of any text
  • Many Text/books are available in market
  • Charles Parker, Thomas Case. (2000). “Management Information Systems: Action & Strategy”. (2nd Ed). McGraw Hill Book Company
  • Kenneth C. Laudon & Jane P. Laudon (2001). “Management Information Systems: Managing a Digital Firm”.(7th Ed). Prentice Hall Company.
  • But

Not necessarily every thing is taught from the Text, Students need to broaden their view and consult as many additional references as possible (Preferably available in local market and from the Internet)

expected topics
Expected Topics
  • Introduction to IS
  • Systems and Models
  • Management & Decision Making
  • IT Fundamentals
  • Transaction Processing and Reports System
  • DSS
  • Knowledge-Based Systems
  • System Development
  • MIS in the Fundamental Areas of Business
  • Contemporary Issues
introduction to is
Introduction to IS
  • The Background
  • What are these systems?
  • Why IS/MIS? (Goals & Objectives)
  • The scope of MIS
  • The current International status
  • The new trends
  • The challenges and issues
  • Counter Strategies
  • Operational Efficiency
    • Computers replacing manual activities
    • Speed, accuracy, efficiency, capacity
  • Information a Key Business Asset
    • Information initially as a by-product
    • Data Vs Information
    • The realization about information potential and the need to manage it for competitive advantage
  • The Early IS
    • Slow computing
    • Time consuming system development and information management
    • Failure Stories
what are these systems
What are these Systems?
  • “An organized combination of people, hardware, software, networks and data resources that collect, transforms, and disseminates information in the organization.” James O’Brien (1998).
  • IS theory is however extremely vast and various classification & definitions are available on MIS
  • IS Perspectives
    • Operational activities
    • Management support
    • KM
    • Networking and e-activities
goals objectives
Goals & Objectives
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Functional Effectiveness
  • Customer Service
  • Product Creation & Enhancement
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Communication and Networking
  • Control & Feedback
role scope of is
Role & Scope of IS
  • Pervasiveness of IS
    • Distribution, Payroll, MkIS, Library Systems, Student Enrollment, Inventory
  • Functional Areas
    • Finance, Marketing, Communication, Sales, Customer Support & Service, Manufacturing
  • Management Support
    • MIS
    • Decision Support
  • Knowledge Management
  • Networking
    • EDI
    • E-Business
current international environment
Current International Environment
  • Last Decade (Heavy Investment in IT/IS)
  • Success & Failure Stories
    • Australian Govt. IT Outsourcing Initiative
    • (
  • IS a normal life necessity
    • Banks
    • Communication & Entertainment
    • Government Essentials (Registration, civil administration)
  • Continuous improvement & research
    • The hottest area of academic interest
    • Ongoing Debates ( IT Bubble burst)
new trends
New Trends
  • Media popularity (Hype Factors)
  • IS-related topics in debate
    • KM
    • DSS
    • Tele-working/Virtual Organizations
  • Online Services
  • Information Based Products
  • New Coming Lot of Professionals
  • IS-Business Relationship
    • IS based businesses
contemporary issues
Contemporary Issues
  • IS Theory seems to be still in evolution
  • People/Management a trouble area
  • Keeping yourself updated (choice of technologies)
  • Investment Analysis for IS
  • Interaction between IT and other functional areas
  • Career Development
  • For us as Academic participants (Teachers & Students)
    • Controversial area of study (Hype another factor)
    • Still the most demanded course in field of IT
  • Have a look at some debates:
counter strategies
Counter Strategies
  • ??????????? (More Questions than answers)
  • Circumstances might change from situation to situation and organization to organization
  • Continuous search for better IS options
  • Knowledge about IS issues is more crucial than having the latest technology
  • Recommendations
    • Analysis of the IS decisions will require same care and deep thinking as done for other business and functional problems/situations
    • Project Management
  • Charles Parker, Thomas Case. (2000). “Management Information Systems: Action & Strategy”. (2nd Ed).
  • Kenneth C. Laudon & Jane P. Laudon (2001). “Management Information Systems: Managing a Digital Firm”.(7th Ed)
  • James O’Brien. (1998). “Introduction to Information Systems: A Networked Enterprise Perspective”. (2nd Ed).
  • Chris Woodward (2001), CSC Research Services. Creating Information Systems Harmony


  • CSC Research Services. CEOs are from Mars, CIOs are from Pluto


  • Grover S. Kearns (1997). Alignment of Information Systems Plans with Business Plans: