1. What are the three dimensions to business problems? Provide examples of each.
Dimension #1- People
Lack of employee training
Difficulties of evaluating performance
Legal and regulatory compliance
Lack of employee support and participation
Poor management. (Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.22)
Dimension #2- Organizations
Outdated business processes
Unsupportive culture and attitudes
Turbulent business environment, change
Complexity of task
Inadequate resources. (Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.22)
Dimension #3- Technology
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(Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.13)
3. How will Information Systems affect business careers and what information systems skills and knowledge are essential?
Looking out to 2016, the U.S. economy will create 15.6 million new jobs and 30 million existing jobs will open up as their occupants retire. More than 95 percent of the new jobs will be created in the service sector. The vast majority of these new jobs and replacement jobs will require a college degree to perform (Statistical Abstract, 2008; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009). 24 Part I: Information Systems in the Digital Age ISBN 1-256-42913-9 What this means is that U.S. business firms are looking for candidates who have a broad range of problem-solving skills—the ability to read, write, and present ideas—as well as the technical skills required for specific tasks. Regardless of your business school major, or your future occupation, information systems and technologies will play a major and expanding role in your day-to-day work and your career. Your career opportunities, and your compensation, will in part depend on your ability to help business firms use information systems to achieve their objectives. (Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.24, 25)
• All business students, regardless of major, should understand how information systems and technologies can help firms achieve business objectives such as achieving operational efficiency, developing new products and services, and maintaining customer intimacy. (Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.29)
• Perhaps the most dominant theme that pervades this review of necessary job skills is the central role of databases in a modern firm. Each of the careers we have just described relies heavily in practice on databases. (Essentials of Management Information systems ch.1, pg.29)
• With the pervasive growth in databases come inevitably an exponential growth in digital information and a resulting challenge to managers trying to understand all this information. Regardless of major, business students need to develop skills in...