Euromed Marseille School of Management, World Med MBA Program - Information Systems and Strategy Course
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Introduction, scope and key themes
This session is an introduction to the course as a whole. The aim of the session is to introduce you to the broad themes that will be covered and to provide a firm foundation upon which to build.
By the end of this session you should have:
- a broad understanding of the range of technologies that fall within the scope of the course
- an appreciation of the technical and managerial issues that face the organizations that use these technologies
- an appreciation of the link between IS strategy and business strategy
As this is the first session the main aim is to give you an overview of the course and the key concepts that you will be dealing with. The emphasis will be on the first part of the course (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) where we deal with the fundamentals of aligning IS and Business Strategy. The second part of the course (Sessions 4, 5 and 6) are rather more specialized and deal with particular cases of what we will talk about here.
Below is a selection of material that you might useful as a supplement to the material we cover in class and any additional reading you do. At the end of the page, there is a link to the powerpoint presentation that I will use and some self assessment questions should help you to judge your progress / strengths / weaknesses and take remedial action where appropriate.
Additional reading / background information for session 1
Most of the sources on this page have been taken from Wikipedia. You should be aware that Wikipedia is constantly edited and re-edited and so is unstable as a source of information. Similarly, some aspects of what you will find in its pages may be unreliable and the subject of disputes. Because of this you should not normally cite Wikipedia as a source of authority in written work. However, as the goal of this session is to make you think about the key concepts, these aspects of Wikipedia make it particularly suitable for its use here.
- Organizations (From Wikipedia)
A broad discussion that touches on many aspects of organizations.
- Work-Life Balance (From Wikipedia)
A look at the meaning of work in the broader sense.
- Strategy (From Wikipedia)
A useful introduction to the concept of strategy. Also see tactics.
- Strategic Management (From Wikipedia)
A broad and comprehensive article that deals with several areas of strategic management.
- Strategic Planning (From Wikipedia)
Deals with some of the techniques associated with strategic management.
- Models (From Wikipedia)
A selection to descriptions of many different types of model.
- Business Models (From Professor Michael Rappa)
A through discussion of business models with links elsewhere.
- Business Models (From Wikipedia)
A broader discussion with more of a focus on business models being a model.
- Enterprise Models (From Wikipedia)
A related topic with more emphasis on building enterprise level information systems.
- Data (From Wikipedia)
A rather broad and general look at this term.
- Information (From Wikipedia)
Looks at the way we use the term information.
- Technology (From Wikipedia)
A broad discussion of the ways in which technology can be viewed.
- The Pyramid Model
Some notes on the classic view of Information Systems as a pyramid that reflects the structure of an organization: an EIS, which is built on DSS, which is built on MIS, which is built on TPS.
- Decision Support Systems (DSS) (From Wikipedia)
This article deals with decision support systems, which also feature in some variants of the 'classic' IS.
- Convergence (From Wikipedia)
A general discussion of the concept of technological convergence.
- Digital Convergence (From Wikipedia)
A short article focusing on convergence around digital technologies.
There is no specified reading for this session but the text books for the course will provide additional information on the topics we have covered.
For private study
There is a set of self assessment questions to go with this session. As this is the first session and has the goal of introducing you to broad themes and providing a foundation for the rest of the course, the questions are quite general in nature. There are no right and wrong answers; the objective of these questions is to get you to think about the issues rather than give a 'right' answer.
The notes for this session are available as a presentation (in pdf format) - lecture notes for session 1
Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management, World Med MBA Programme - Information Systems and Strategy Course
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