Resources

 

Material in this category includes technical instructions for lab sessions, group projects, and theory on quantitative empirical research.

 

Digital Business Transformation & IS Architecture Strategy
(MBA and Ph.D. Course Lab Sessions)

Lab 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.

The lab sessions are based on a real world case and consulting projects, albeit modified for instructional purposes and to comply with confidentiality obligations.

 

Multi-Tier IS Architecture And Middleware Software

Learning Objectives

Understand how to systematically translate strategic business requirements into a multi-tier IS prototype.

Understand the importance of functional decompositioning and the role of middleware software, ASP/JSP technology, and XML.

Key Concepts

Logical design:
(1) Process control flow modeling.
(2) Data modeling.

Architecture design: (1) Create a 4-tier client/server system using ASP technology; (2) Add real-time product availability check using XML.

Physical design and prototype development.

Readings

Morris, C. R., and C. H. Ferguson. 1993. How Architecture Wins Technology Wars. Harvard Business Review (March - April): 86-96.

Building 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.

Lab
Slide Show

Student
Instructions

Web Services

Web 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.

Resources are available at www.agentbasedis.org in the Research Area on Web services.

   

Table: Lab Session Instructions

 

IS Industry Analysis & Vendor Strategies
(MBA Student Group Projects)

A 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.

 

No.

Topic (Example)

Term

GP 1 Customer Relationship Management (Siebel) Summer 2002
GP 2 Middleware software (Tibco)
GP 3 Business Intelligence/Data Mining (Microstrategy)

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Content Management Systems (Vignette)

Spring 2002

-

Supply Chain Management systems (Manugustics)

-

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (SAP)

-

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems (Siebel)

-

B2B e-commerce systems (Ariba)

Fall 2001

-

Middleware software

Table: Selected MBA Student Projects in Chronological Order

 

Quantitative Empirical Research Method: Survey of IS Constructs & Scales
(Ph.D. Seminar Student Projects 2002)

The term construct refers to a concept measured by one or more items in a survey instrument designed to obtain and validate knowledge.

For recent information about the use and design of survey instruments in the IS literature please read:

Gefen, 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/; Internet. [Tutorial]

Boudreau, 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.

Chin, 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.

A construct "can 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; Internet).

 

No.

IS Construct

1

Information Systems and Business Strategy Alignment

2

Interactivity

3

Customizability

4

IS Investments

5

IS Performance

6

IS Modularity

7

IS Flexibility

8

Information and Knowledge Sharing

9

Asset Specificity

10

Electronic Integration

11

IT Reuse

Table: Theory on Selected IS Constructs

 

IS Abbreviations

 

Web Links

Research  Teaching Utility
www.hbsp.harvard.edu H.R. Varian's Info Economy www.webster.com
EconWPA www.wsj.com www.census.gov
Working Papers in Econ www.w3.org U.S. Department of Commerce
www.antitrust.org Vanderbilt's eLab www.sec.gov
EU Docu Center Mannheim ITU Bureau of Economic Analysis
Economics Portal FlashAtlas Library of Congress
www.antitrustcases.com Undersea Fiber-optic Cable Landing EU
  Eurostat
  EU Info Society
  Statistisches Bundesamt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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