Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm Loose Leaf – 5 Jan 2011
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This book is written by a guy that has not done MIS research for 15 years. The empirical statements (current status of use of information and communication technology (ICT), for instance) are relatively grounded. But the more conceptual questions - how to theorise and conceptualise the use and development of ICT are not. There is not many references to the academic field, making it difficult to use it as an efficient guide to read deeper on your own. To give an example, I am for instance referring to conceptualisation of "what is an information system", or the "systems development life cycle".
In these aspects, I cannot see how it keeps in touch with the academic field of information systems. The author is excluding a lot of different perspectives in favour of his own. But this is not clear for a newcomer to the field, as it is implicit.
On the other hand, I have never seen an anglo-american primer in MIS that is more strongly linking to the field. Nevertheless that is standard in many fields (e.g. psychology or political economy). Therefore,I expect that I would end up giving most primers a two-star...I have no better recommendation, except for reading the more advanced (but focused) books directly - normally intelligent people would be able to do so without any IT experience.
Another weird thing with this book is that it comes in many different, localised, editions, just like electronics. One might almost expect that it is in order to confuse buyers.