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Fundamentals of Information Systems, 8th Edition

  • Ralph M. Stair Professor Emeritus, Florida State University
  • George Reynolds Strayer University
  • ISBN-10: 1305082168  |  ISBN-13: 9781305082168
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012, 2009
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

Equipping you with a solid understanding of the core principles of IS and how it is practiced, the brief FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 8E covers the latest developments from the field and their impact on the rapidly changing role of today's IS professional. A concise nine chapters, this streamlined book includes expansive coverage of mobile solutions, energy and environmental concerns, cloud computing, IS careers, virtual communities, global IS work solutions, and social networking. You learn firsthand how information systems can increase profits and reduce costs as you explore new information on e-commerce and enterprise systems, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, green computing, and other issues reshaping the industry. The book also introduces the challenges and risks of computer crimes, hacking, and cyberterrorism. A long-running example illustrates how technology was used in the design, development, and production of this book. No matter where your career path may lead, FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 8E can help you maximize your success as an employee, a decision maker, and a business leader.

Features and Benefits

  • OPENING VIGNETTES REFLECT INFORMATION SYSTEMS AT WORK IN ACTUAL COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. Immediately drawing students into chapter content, intriguing vignettes highlight familiar organizations, real-world issues, and interesting IS challenges and issues currently facing U.S., foreign-based, and multinational companies.
  • "INFORMATION SYSTEMS@WORK" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST TOPICS AND TRENDS. Lifted directly from leading headlines, engaging "Information Systems@Work" features focus on some of the most recent topics and emerging trends in IS. These feature boxes show students how to use information systems most effectively to further a variety of careers.
  • "ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL ISSUES" SPECIAL INTEREST BOXES DEMONSTRATE THE CHALLENGES FACING PROFESSIONALS. Gaining a better understanding of the numerous ethical challenges information systems professionals encounter, students see firsthand how actual IS professionals confront and react to ethical dilemmas.
  • CASE STUDIES EXPLORE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR DILEMMAS IN REAL-WORLD ORGANIZATIONS. Providing a wealth of practical information for students, unique end-of-chapter cases follow a real-world company or organization that faces a problem or concept discussed in the chapter. You can assign cases for homework or use them to prompt lively class discussion.
  • DETAILED COVERAGE PREPARES STUDENTS TO WORK WITH THE NEWEST DELIVERY MODEL IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS. With its solid multimedia coverage, the text enables students to examine application development as well as cloud computing to gain a strong background in the most recent technologies. This helps students maximize the scalable, virtualized resources in this increasingly important Internet-driven delivery model for IS.
  • REAL WORLD EXAMPLES. Each chapter offers at least two dozen new examples of real business and non-profit organizations applying the principles and concepts presented in the text. These real-world examples and cutting-edge coverage help prepare students with both IS and business skills for success as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders.
  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES AND VIRTUAL TEAMS HIGHLIGHTS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. The text includes current research on virtual team and work structures, coverage of the most popular social networking sites based on the number of unique visits per month, and insight on how companies use virtual organizational structures to manage mobile workers.
  • STUDENT-FRIENDLY, INVITING LEARNING FEATURES CAPTIVATE AND INFORM STUDENTS. Engaging chapter-opening vignettes, special interest boxes, memorable business examples, and intriguing cases throughout the text actively involve students in learning.
  • "SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES" QUESTIONS ENCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Woven throughout end-of-chapter exercises, "Social and Ethical Issues" questions provide thought-provoking discussions that help students sharpen their critical thinking skills.
  • RUNNING CASE STUDY. The Altitude Online case at the end of each chapter provides an integrated and comprehensive case that runs throughout the text. The case follows the activities of two individuals employed at the fictitious Altitude Online consulting firm as they are challenged to complete various IS-related projects. The cases provide a realistic fictional work environment in which students may imagine themselves in the role of systems analyst. Information systems problems are addressed using the state-of-the-art techniques discussed in the chapters.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations.
2. Hardware and Software.
3. Database Systems and Applications.
4. Telecommunications and Networks.
5. Electronic and Mobile Commerce and Enterprise Systems.
6. Information and Decision Support Systems.
7. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems.
8. Systems Development.
9. The Personal and Social Effects of Computers.

What's New

  • COMPLETELY UP TO DATE: Reflecting the latest developments and practices from the field, the brief FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 8E includes all-new boxes and examples, revised cases, references from 2013 and 2014, and updated content throughout--making it the most current text on the market.
  • CONCISE: A succinct 560 pages, the text offers a streamlined overview of the key fundamentals of IS. Each chapter ends with two cases. Additional Legacy cases are included on the text website.
  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF MOBILE DEVICES: Across the industry, more people are using mobile devices to conduct business, provide entertainment, stay connected with clients, coworkers, and organizations, and more. The increasingly essential mobile devices are introduced in Chapter 1, and their vital role in IS is covered extensively throughout the book.
  • INCREASED EMPHASIS ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS: Starting in Chapter 2, the text thoroughly explores how organizations are trimming IS department costs, how information systems are being used to help reduce energy costs throughout organizations, and what the concerns of many individuals and organizations are about the impact of IS on the environment. A new section on energy and environmental concerns is featured in many chapters, whereas others integrate energy and environmental issues into existing chapter content.
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  • TEXTBOOK TECHNOLOGY EXAMPLE: Giving students a real-world example they can easily relate to, chapter material emphasizes the use of technology to design, develop, and produce FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 8e. Students and instructors alike can see firsthand how the authors and whole publishing team use technology throughout the entire publishing process.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ralph M. Stair

Dr. 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.