on September 15, 2002
O'Brien's "Management Information Systems" is a solid introduction to the world of MIS. It uses the world e-business as a model for the role of information systems in the modern world.
The great thing about this book is its currency. Each chapter abounds with numerous case study and spotlight features on how modern businesses in all industries use IS in their everyday functions. Among the business and industries profiled include: Walmart, Southwest Airlines, Dell, Pepsi, McDonald's, Oracle, GE, Hitachi, Merrill Lynch, eBay, Ford, etc. This case study method really brings the course concepts home and makes them relevant and accessible. O'Brien's writing style is very straight and to the point and is very accessible. He is able to relate the content and make it relevant to the modern world.
Here is the rundown of the topics covered in this text:
1. IS in Business
2. Competing with IT
3. The Inter-networked E-Business Enterprise
4. E-Business Systems
5. E-Commerce Systems
6. E-Business Decision Support
7. E-Business Strategies
8. E-Business Solutions
9. E-business Security and Ethics
10. Enterprise Management and Global Management
11. Computer Hardware
12. Computer Software
13. Data Management
14. Telecommunications and Networks
Overall, if you are interested in learning about e-business or information systems or if you are an instructor looking for a text for a course in IS or e-business, this book is a solid overview of the field and its issues.
This book was used as the text for a graduate level IS course I took in 2002 and it was easily one of the most interesting and relevant texts I've ever read.
on May 14, 2003
I used this book as a textbook for a graduate level class. The content on this book is a disappointment. When I asked my fellow classmate how he felt about the book, he said that it was a joke and I agree. Most of the content on this book are facile compilation of topics. I pity the grad student that has to use this book to make or break him or her. You can get much more knowledge about the subject of management information systems by subscribing to a magazine. There is a lapse in style when it comes to the layout of the book. The backround of the page where the case studies is written is distracting to the eye. The pictures of the book are really old. This book is certainly not for anyone that is teaching him or herself management information system. There is very little use for that purpose. If you have to use this book then dig into some bad writing.