Euromed Marseille School of Management, World Med MBA Program - Information Systems and Strategy Course

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Types of information system, their acquisition and design

The focus of this session is on different types or categories of information system there are in organizations. The aim of the session is to give you a better understanding of what types of information system there are, what they do and the choices that need to be faced when developing or acquiring such systems.

By the end of this session you should have:

In the previous session we reviewed at the key themes for the course and looked at both the classic pyramid model for the different types of Information system that can be found in an organization and the notion of strategy and tactics.

This session will begin to look at these issues more closely. In many ways this session itself will be a 'classic' example of this type of course; we will look at what types of information systems are available, the ways in which they can be obtained and the choices that need to be made in doing so.

This is not a technical course, nor is it a course on engineering. We will not look at the technical details of the different types of system, instead we will examine how they can affect the way an organization operates, the different ways in which an organization can go about obtaining the systems it needs and analyze the implications of the choices that managers make when attempting to align their technological and business strategies.

Additional reading / background information for session 2

Information System that do not fit into the Pyramid Model

The Acquisition of Systems

Software engineering and the software crisis

Designing and Building Information Systems

Choices and Change


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

Self Assessment

There is a set of self assessment questions to go with this session. The goal of this session was to introduce you to the range of different types of information system that exist and to begin to make you think about some of the issues you could face if you were in the position of being asked to obtain or implement such systems. The objective of these self assessment questions is to get you to think about the issues; as with the previous set of questions, there are no right and wrong answers.

The notes for this session are available as a presentation (in pdf format) - lecture notes for session 2

Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management, World Med MBA Programme - Information Systems and Strategy Course

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