KEY BENEFIT: The authors utilize their years of working with companies on IT management / strategy to provide students with a practical look at the evolution of IT in business. KEY TOPICS: Topics include leadership issues, the CIO’s responsibilities, uses of IT, information systems planning, essential technologies, managing operations, systems development, decision-making, collaboration, and knowledge work. MARKET: An excellent reference resource for anyone employed in the information technology sector of business, especially managers of and executives in those departments.
Great paperweight, good consolidation of other people's work
By guggs - October 19, 2002
This book provides various sources of information but no analysis by the book's authors. It is a patch work of case studies, excerpts, and paraphrasing of other texts to which I hope the original authors are getting paid royalties for.Some of the diagrams are simplistic, others are useless. More than half of them are from other sources.The book seems to formulate points of interest (e.g. traditional, evolving, and present-day IT roles) without providing analysis of why and how this affects future trends in IS management.I had to write a review after reading nebulous fluff like, "Being a manufacturer, LifeScan has instituted quality processes." (which successful company doesn't) or "Way back in 1964,..." (not just back, but WAY back). When you do read something of slight interest it is almost always followed by something like, "so says Mr. so-and-so, in this-paper-that-he-wrote." (e.g. pp. 126-127 whenever "Rayport and Sviokla" is... read more
A SIMPLE TREATMENT OF A COMPLEX SUBJECT
By A Customer - June 11, 1999
This text is little more than definitions, dated interviews with IS/IT execs and simple guidelines. If looking for relevant IT/IS information - pass!
Better than I expected !!
By Christopher S. Miller - October 2, 2000
After reading the previous reviews of this course text for my Ph.D., I was very concerned about HAVING to spend this kind of money for a "know-nothing" text. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The level of depth of this text is very good and I found the authors, while not necessarily that original, did an excellent job of creating relationship bridges between their various topics included in the book. Their level of coverage of specific topics in the case studies waxed and waned but for the most part added very well to the intent of the text.This is an excellent text for people stepping up to management levels within Information Systems or just beginning to get their feet wet in IS Strategic Planning. It even offers some insights that experienced IS Managers might not have reached in the past.Overall, a very good general treatment and introduction to the field.
* The Author's Classroom takes you inside John Schermerhorn's classroom and provides additional teaching ideas and resources for each chapter. Adoption of the book gives you access to: three sets of ...