in this category includes technical instructions for lab sessions, group
projects, and theory on quantitative empirical research.
Business Transformation & IS Architecture Strategy
(MBA and Ph.D. Course Lab Sessions)
sessions are offered to ensure that MBA and IS Ph.D. students acquire
IS architecture analysis & design knowledge by familiarizing
themselves with logical and physical design issues. The labs are designed
so that students can participate without prior IS design and programming
skills. Only basic knowledge of HTML, and how to use FTP and a text
editor, such as Notepad or Emacs, is helpful.
lab sessions are based on a real world case and consulting projects,
albeit modified for instructional purposes and to comply with confidentiality
IS Architecture And Middleware Software
how to systematically translate strategic business requirements
into a multi-tier IS prototype.
the importance of functional decompositioning and the
role of middleware software, ASP/JSP technology, and
(1) Process control flow modeling.
(2) Data modeling.
design: (1) Create a 4-tier client/server system using
ASP technology; (2) Add real-time product availability
check using XML.
design and prototype development.
C. R., and C. H. Ferguson. 1993. How Architecture Wins
Technology Wars. Harvard Business Review (March
- April): 86-96.
an e-Business: Internet and Web Programming, Appendix
B, in: Deitel et al. 2001. E-Business and E-Commerce
for Managers. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River,
New Jersey, p. 599-613.
services are frequently presented by IT vendors, systems integrators
and many trade journals as "The Next Big Thing"
in the computer industry.
Our preliminary, qualitative exploratory research reveals
that WS-based IS could significantly mitigate a major problem
with IS investments: the trade-off between ease of IS integration
and IS flexibility.
are available at www.agentbasedis.org
in the Research Area on Web services.
Lab Session Instructions
Industry Analysis & Vendor Strategies
(MBA Student Group Projects)
Group Project (GP)
is to be solved in groups of approximately five to six students. A group
project can be a lot of fun as it allows students to solve problems
in a team setting that relates closely to the work environment in business.
The final deliverable of the Group Project is an IS strategy recommendation.
Selected MBA Student Projects in Chronological Order
Empirical Research Method: Survey of IS Constructs & Scales
(Ph.D. Seminar Student Projects 2002)
term construct refers to a concept measured by one or more items
in a survey instrument designed to obtain and validate knowledge.
recent information about the use and design of survey instruments
in the IS literature please read:
D., D. W. Straub, and M. C. Boudreau. 2000. Stuctural Equation Modeling
Techniques and Regression: Guidelines for Research Practice. Communications
of the Association of Information Systems 4(7) (October) [electronic
document] (accessed 01/11/02); available at http://cais.aisnet.org/articles/;
M. C., D. Gefen, and D. W. Straub. 2001. Validation in IS Research:
A State-of-the-Art Assessment. MIS Quarterly 25(1) (March): 1-16.
W. W., A. Gopal, and W. D. Salisbury. 1997. Advancing the Theory
of Adaptive Structuration: The Development of a Scale to Measure Faithfulness
of Appropriation. Information Systems Research 8: 342-367.
Moore, G. C., and I. Benbasat. 1991. Development of an Instrument
to Measure the Perceptions of Adopting an Information Technology Innovation.
Information Systems Research 2: 192-222.
be as simple as 'age' or as complicated as 'user satisfaction'. While
there is likely little disagreement about age, something as complicated
as user satisfaction requires careful definition and determination of
appropriate items. Simply saying an instrument measures a particular
construct does not make it so. A valid instrument is one in which one
can have confidence that the intended construct is in fact being measured"
(Newsted et al. 1998. Survey Instruments in IS. MIS Quarterly Discovery
(December) [electronic document] (accessed 01/11/02); available at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~newsted/tutor.htm;
Theory on Selected IS Constructs