Questions/Goals for Course based on
in-class discussion on 1/9/2003:
- As a manager, how do you ask yourself -- and your people -- about the
right problems to fit them with the right solutions?
- What questions do you ask a consultant/vendor? How will a new solution
work with existing people/infrastructure?
- How to interpret what's "good" and what's "bad" about a journal article?
- New developments in systems/technologies and how that would affect various
- Current issues - lawsuits against Peoplesoft -- implementation issues
- The impact of IS on both customers & employees -- does that impact the
organization of your system(s) -- how do you link your systems together?
- How do you pick which software to go with? (for example, SAP vs.
- Security of systems
- What would go into managing hardware? How would you go about buying a
whole new network?
- Issues that come up when problems occur? Typical reasons why things might
fail? Things to look out for...
- Who is going to be the big company in the next 2-5 years?
- One step closer to a dissertation. Maybe in MIS. Looking for areas of
- Get to know major current research topics
- Links/articles/personal library to use as new managers
- Understand the principal ideas/components that an information system must
- How do you evolve/maintain a new system and deal with all the updates &
- How do you transition your employees to a new system? Also, change
- Learn how to write a better research paper
- How do you incorporate the strategies and mistakes of other managers to
avoid making them yourself?
- Have a better understanding of the tools available to explain to board of
directors the productivity gains from new software
- How do you define the problem addressed by an article in concrete terms?
(what makes a theoretical contribution)
- How do you utilize the new systems to help in decision making, market
research, etc., based on time constraints and budget?
- What are the different streams of research that are going on now?