Edition 2.1

France Belanger, Virginia Tech
Craig Van Slyke, Northern Arizona University
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University

Copyright 2016
Publication date:  June 20, 2016

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Description & Features


  • As of May 18, 2016, all URLs in the text have been checked and updated as necessary, comprising about two dozen changes in the text.  Accordingly, some Learning Activities have been changed to reflect the new URLs.
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Designed for the introductory MIS course, INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR BUSINESS provides a learner-centered, experiential approach that helps engage students with in-class activities and productive discussions. The authors have used the learner-centered, experiential approach with great success in large and small classes and at the undergrad and graduate levels. With this approach, they find that students have engaged more deeply with the material and performed better on exams.  In-class discussions have become more animated, and class sessions are more enjoyable for both students and instructors. Key features include:

  • Concise, focused chapters with integrated Learning Activities throughout
  • Brief and affordable
  • Detailed instructors manual featuring guidance on how to use the learner-centered approach
  • Updated content throughout including a thoroughly restructured and updated chapter on Security.
  • Ideal for flipped classrooms, online courses, or traditional classrooms when instructors want proven, successful in-class activities to accompany lectures
  • The authors are available to work with instructors to implement this approach.  Contact Beth at [email protected] to set up a meeting with the authors.

Table of Contents

Ch 1:  Value of Information

Ch 2:  Intro to Information Systems

Ch 3: Evaluating Information

Ch 4: Gaining Strategic Value from Information

Ch 5: Storing and Organizing Information

Ch 6:  Analyzing Information for Business Decision Making

Ch 7:  Transmitting Information

Ch 8:  Securing Information

Ch 9: Protecting the Confidentiality and Privacy of Information

Ch 10: Developing Information Systems

Ch 11: Information-Based Business Processes

Ch 12: Enterprise Information Systems

Ch 13: Information for Electronic Business

Ch 14: Information and Knowledge Management for Business Decision Making

Appendix A: Computer Hardware

Appendix B Computer Software

Appendix C: Access Fundamentals

Appendix D: Advanced Access

Appendix E: Advanced Database Concepts

Appendix F: Excel Fundamentals

Appendix G: Advanced Excel

Appendix H: Networking Basics

Appendix I: Security and Privacy

Appendix J: Funding Information Technology

Appendix K: Managing IS Projects