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Introductory Lecture Information Systems 2011.12


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My introductory lecture for Information Systems 2011.12. Durham Business School, Durham University

My introductory lecture for Information Systems 2011.12. Durham Business School, Durham University

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  • 1. Information Systems Lecture 1 WELCOME
    2011 October
    with Colin Ashurst and with me
  • 2.
  • 3. And we are…
  • 4.
  • 5. 1. Exploring impact of emerging technology and systems
    2. Developing a business case
    3. Evaluating a benefits driven portfolio
  • 6. Project based group assignment
  • 7.
  • 8. Coming up…
  • 9. Asking you to watch things like this
  • 10. An event that will happen someday soon. You will look into a computer screen and see reality. Some part of your world – the town you live in, the company you work for, your school system, the city hospital – will hang there in sharp colour image, abstract but recognisable, moving subtly in a thousand places (1992: 1).
    David Gelernter (1992) Mirror worlds or the day software puts the universe in a shoebox
  • 11. Think critically about…
    Life cycle model
    Development and implementation problems
    Systematic power
    Exploratory power
    Frameworks for action
  • 12. Which one do you mean?
    Carvalho (2000) identifies four types of objects that can be viewed as information systems:
    IS1: Organisations (autonomous systems) whose business (purpose) is to provide information to their clients.
    IS2: A sub-system that exists in any system that is capable of governing itself (autonomous system). The information system (IS2) assures the communication between the managerial and operational sub-systems of an organisation – that’s its purpose. When this communication is asynchronous, a memory to store the messages is necessary. IS2 includes such memory.
    IS3: Any combination of active objects (processors) that deal only with symbolic objects (information) and whose agents are computers or computer-based devices – a computer-based system.
    IS4: Any combination of active objects (processors) that deal only with symbolic objects (information).
    Carvalho, J.A. (2000) “Information System? Which One Do You Mean?” in Falkenberg, E., K. Lyytinen and A. Verrijn-Stuart (Eds.), Information Systems Concepts: An Integrated Discipline Emerging (Proceedings of the ISCO 4 Conference, Leiden, Holland, 20 -22 September 1999).
  • 13. S Alter. 2008. Defining information systems as work systems: implications for the IS field
    [PDF] from - European Journal of Information Systems-
  • 14. To evaluate the outcomes
  • 15. Forthcoming sessions
    Social media and Web 2.0 as a driver for content
    Dynamic information and co-developer innovation – a Generation C?
    Principles of a benefits-driven approach
    Networked enterprise and information management
    Engage: Including portfolio
    Explore: Part I benefits introduction;
    Part II benefits drill down
    A mystery session tbc
    The business case and benefits realisation plan
  • 16. Guest speaker, Friday 2nd March 2012
    Lecture on: Information requirements and design and project frameworks
  • 17. Recommended areas of interest
    The roles of users and consumers; employers and employees; public industry and commercial enterprise…
  • 18. There will be none of this.
  • 19. Key reading
    Ashurst, C. Agility: Making Innovation and Change Happen.
    The kindle edition is available from
    For your final Year 3 dissertation
    Hardey, M. 2011. Ubiquitous Connectivity: Chapter 5 User-Generated Data and the Role of the Researcher. In The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research . Hesse-Biber, S.N. New York: Oxford University Press. 111-132.
  • 20. Ward, John and Daniel Elizabeth (2006) Benefits management: delivering value from IS and IT investments. Wiley
    Highsmith, Jim (2004) Agile Project Management. Addison-Wesley
    By the end of the module – you will be able to:
    Understand the sources of value from information systems
    Be able to apply a range of approaches to identify opportunities for information systems in an organisation
    Understand issues involved in setting priorities for investments in information systems investments
    Appreciate aspects of the skills required to design and implement an information system