Principles of Information Systems

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  • AUTHORS: Ralph M. Stair; George Reynolds
  • ISBN-13: 9780538478298 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 704 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 10th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2006
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Help your students gain the foundation they need to better understand the IS discipline and how IS courses relate to the rest of their business courses. This edition from leading authors and practitioners Ralph Stair and George Reynolds focuses on today's core IS principles that are most important for every business student to know. Your students will gain a strong understanding of the changing role of today's IS professional with this book's wealth of current examples and IS references. NEW detailed coverage of multimedia in business, application development for the iPhone, iPad, and similar devices, cloud computing and updates of forecasting demonstrate issues reshaping IS today. NEW materials and examples on environmental design and green computing prepare students for today's workplace. NEW examples of supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) better equip your students for business success. This edition presents some of the most recent research on virtual communities and work structures, including how social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are assisting virtual teams and how companies are effectively using virtual organizational structures with mobile workers. Count on Stair/Reynolds' Principles of Information Systems, 10e to provide the insights students need to function more efficiently and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders in business today.


  • "INFORMATION SYSTEMS @ WORK" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST TOPICS AND TRENDS. Lifted directly from today's leading headlines, these engaging "Information Systems @ Work" boxes focus on some of the most current topics and trends in IS. These feature boxes demonstrate how to effectively use information systems in a variety of business careers.
  • "ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL ISSUES" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES DEMONSTRATE THE CHALLENGES FACING PROFESSIONALS TODAY. Your students gain a better understanding of how actual information systems professionals confront and react to today's numerous ethical dilemmas.

About the Contributor

  • Ralph M. Stair

    Dr. 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.

  • George Reynolds

    Professor George Reynolds brings a wealth of business, teaching, and writing experience to this book. His successful business career spans four decades of working in government, institutional, and business IS organizations. Professor Reynolds combines this business and industry experience with 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 (Ohio), 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. Professor Reynolds has authored more than two dozen popular textbooks addressing various aspects of today’s information technology and business.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Information Systems.
2. Information Systems in Organizations.
3. Hardware: Input, Processing, and Output Devices.
4. Software: Systems and Application Software.
5. Organizing Data and Information.
6. Telecommunications and Networks.
7. The Internet, Intranets, and Extranets.
8. Electronic and Mobile Commerce.
9. Enterprise Systems.
10. Information and Decision Support Systems.
11. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems.
12. Systems Development: Investigat9ion and Analysis.
13. Systems Design, Implementation, Maintenance, and Review.
14. The Personal and Social Impact of Computers.

New to this Edition

  • NEW OPENING VIGNETTES REFLECT THE LATEST UPDATES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS TODAY. New chapter-opening vignettes throughout this edition highlight the most up-to-date, relevant topics in information systems, drawing your students into chapter concepts and issues.
  • NEW CASE STUDIES AND EXTENSIVE END-OF-CHAPTER ACTIVITIES EXAMINE CONCEPTS OR PROBLEMS FACINGS TODAY'S ORGANIZATIONS. New end-of-chapter cases follow a real company or actual organization confronting a problem or concept discussed in the chapter. You can assign cases and practical end-of-chapter activities for homework or use them to prompt meaningful class discussion.
  • NEW DETAILED COVERAGE OF MULTIMEDIA IN BUSINESS, APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR THE iPHONE AND iPAD, AND CLOUD COMPUTING PREPARES YOU TO WORK WITH THE NEWEST DELIVERY MODEL IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS TODAY. Gain a strong understanding of cloud computing, enabling you to maximize the scalable, virtualized resources in this latest internet-driven delivery model for IS.
  • NEW UPDATES AND EXAMPLES REFLECT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN FORECASTING TODAY. Learn to most effectively use contemporary IS tools as this edition details how to use forecasting and other skills to speed delivery and innovation throughout information systems.
  • NEW EXAMPLES HIGHLIGHT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (SCM) AND CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (CRM) AT WORK. Contemporary examples and the latest content in this new edition help prepare you with both IS and business skills for success, whether you are a worker, manager, decision maker, or organizational leader.
  • UPDATED COVERAGE OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES AND VIRTUAL TEAMS HIGHLIGHTS TODAY'S MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. You review some of today's most recent research on virtual communities and work structures. Examine how social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, assist virtual teams. Explore how many companies use virtual organizational structures to manage mobile workers.