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A Framework for Management Information Systems

by G Anthony Gorry, Michael S Scott C1 - Research Frameworks / Design Morton
Sloan Management Review ()
  • ISSN: 0019-848X


A framework for viewing management information systems (MIS) is essential to plan effectively and sensibly allocate resources to MIS tasks. Understanding managerial activity is necessary for effective MIS design and implementation. A model must be built of the decision-making process, with a framework based on 3 major categories: 1. system design, 2. organizational structure, and 3. model. Database concepts, types of analysts and managers, and organization structures all differ along the Strategic Planning to Operational Control axis. A decision-centered view of an organization provides the best basis for information technology development. Planning and control systems are needed at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. While the best implementation strategy can be very different in each cell of the decision framework, in all cases, actual need, rather than a fascination with technology, should drive the process. Users also should be motivated to take ownership of a new, system-based way of doing their jobs.

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