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The Conception of an Information System

The Conception of an Information System
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Author(s): Michael Boahene (Holism Information System Management, Australia) and George Ditsa (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch016
ISBN13: 9781930708075
EISBN13: 9781466665323


This paper presents an insight into the way in which one might approach the conception of an Information System (IS). It identifies the major elements and their inter-relationships in the formation of information systems. The elements are business functions and management functions which are influenced by internal and external forces, and application functions which are created within information systems to serve the delivery of those functions. The paper proposes a clear distinction between management functions and business functions in a target environment and their serving application functions. It explores the relationship between these elements in reducing the uncertainty of identifying a relevant problem situation and determining the requirements of an appropriate intervention that would be transformed into an information system to alleviate the problem situation. It suggests focus questions for identifying and gathering systems requirements, which will effectively serve targeted business functions in a target environment.

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