Management of Information Systems

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Chapter 1

Information Systems in Global Business Today

( OPENING CASE: SMART SYSTEMS AND SMART WAYS OF WORKING HELP TOYOTA BECOME NUMBER ONE

Toyota has flourished in a highly competitive environment because it has created a set of finely-tuned business processes and information systems that simultaneously promote agility, efficiency, and quality. It can respond instantly to customers and changes in the marketplace as events unfold, while working closely with suppliers and retailers. The experience of Toyota and other companies described in this text will help you learn how to make your own business more competitive, efficient, and profitable.

As part of its ongoing effort to monitor quality, efficiency and costs, Toyota
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It seems like every week we hear about thousands and thousands of people losing their jobs. Back in the 1980s most of the job losses were in the blue-collar sector. In the 1990s it seems many of the cuts were made in the white-collar, management jobs. Why? Think about it. Technology, to a large extent, has driven organizations to change the way they operate and that includes the way they manage. We’re going to take an in-depth look at how organizations work and how they’ve been transformed by technology on the world stage.

Information systems are the foundation for conducting business today. In many industries, survival and even existence is difficult without extensive use of information technology. No longer can we imagine going to work and conducting business without them. As a society we have come to rely extensively on the use of information appliances such as cell phones, BlackBerrys, handhelds, and other hardware. Communicating and conducting business is increasingly being carried out through the use of e-mail, online conferencing, and international teleconferencing over the Internet have all become essential tools of business.

GLOBALIZATION OPPORTUNITIES

Next time you purchase a product, any product, look at the fine print and see where it’s made. It could be China, or the Philippines, or a South American company, or even in the United States. You can disagree with the fact that many manufacturing jobs are being moved from the United States to
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