Three Questions to Guide Study and Practice in the Information Systems Field

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Gou, JuanQiong and Tatnall, Arthur (2006) Three Questions to Guide Study and Practice in the Information Systems Field. Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics, 1 (3). pp. 49-56. ISSN 1833-4318


Gaining an understanding of Information Systems and improving IS education has become a serious issue for the IS discipline. Prior to undertaking Management of Information Systems (MIS) in an MBA course, students sometimes cannot explain clearly exactly what information systems are and what they should do in practice. This paper begins by considering the various influences on the MIS curriculum and some of the conventional approaches to curriculum design, selection and organisation of teaching materials. It then offers an alternative approach by presenting a three question framework for understanding and explaining the IS field. From this basis the paper argues that these three questions can be used to guide the study, teaching and practice of MIS.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keywords ResPubID10363, information and communication technologies (ICT), information systems (IS), management information systems (MIS), IS discipline, IS curriculum, IS practice
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