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Fundamentals of Information Systems, 4th Edition

  • Ralph M. Stair Professor Emeritus, Florida State University
  • George Reynolds Strayer University
  • ISBN-10: 1423901134  |  ISBN-13: 9781423901136
  • 452 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2003, 2001
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00
  • Newer Edition Available



Now in its fourth edition, Fundamentals of Information Systems has been heavily revised and reorganized, yet continues to offer a concise overview of information systems fundamentals in a short, nine-chapter format. Seasoned authors Ralph Stair and George Reynolds weave the fundamentals of managing information systems into an understandable and engaging text.

Features and Benefits

  • Fully updated chapter-opening vignettes, special interest boxes, business examples, and cases are dispersed throughout the text.
  • "Information Systems at Work" features provide real-world examples and are partnered with discussion question and critical thinking questions to engage students and encourage class discussions.
  • Continues to focus on the increased effects of globalization by using "World Views Cases" written by international instructors of information systems.
  • "Social and Ethical Issues" questions incorporated in end-of-chapter exercises provide thought-provoking discussions relating to information systems.
  • Includes a password-protected student online companion (www.course.com/mis/stair), which reinforces concepts and offers further opportunities for activities, suggested readings, videos, and interactive learning.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Information Systems in Perspective
1. An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations
Part 2: Technology
2. Hardware and Software
3. Organizing Data and Information
4. Telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, and Extranets
Part 3: Business Information Systems
5. Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems
6. Information and Decision Support Systems
7. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems
Part 4: Systems Development
8. Systems Development
Part 5
9. The Personal and Social Impact of Computers


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Resource  (ISBN-10: 1423901142 | ISBN-13: 9781423901143)

Student Supplements

Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 142390172X | ISBN-13: 9781423901723)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ralph M. Stair

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.