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					Name____________________                                      Journal Assignment #1
                                                 Due September 1, 2004 (in class activity)



INFS-6040 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS




                                   Chapter 1: Introduction

1. What makes the IT function different from other functions within an organization?




2. What three main management areas of an organization are impacted by IT?




3. How did the IT function start out in organizations?




4. What does the chapter mean when it says IT staff were considered “ . . . trolls in the
   basement”?




5. How is the IT function evolving in organizations?




6. Have the fundamentals regarding IT and IT management changed as a result of the Internet?
   Explain?
7. Give an example company for each of the following:

        Disintermediation –

        Reintermediation –

        Hypermediation –

        Infomediation –



8. What has made Dell Computers so successful? Dell is an example of which type of enabler
   from question #7? Why?




9. Why has there been a long-standing gap between IT professionals and business
   professionals?




10. Why has it been historically difficult (albeit impossible) to link IT investment with productivity
    gains?

				
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