Business Information Systems play a pivotal role in the new economy and enterprise setting characterised by strategic procurement, global outsourcing, physically distributed operational environments, and global business alliances. Business Information Systems is a boundary-spanning field of study relating to how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be deployed to improve business processes and enhance the organisation’s value chain networks, which organizations use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world, through efficient, effective and competitive use of ICT.
An understanding of Business Information Systems will help students develop critical skills needed to function effectively in a global information-based and technology-driven business environment. Graduates will understand how organisations can take advantage of computer-based information systems and related emerging technologies to share information in order to improve business efficiency, develop effective decision making, and maintain competitiveness in their industries.
The Department of Business Information Systems at AUT’s Business School is a small but dynamic group of scholars that actively engages in research. Under the leadership of Professor Felix Tan, the focus of the discipline is on understanding the best practices relating to business process / data management, ICT project management, enterprise systems management, including operations / supply chain management as well as information systems strategy and governance. Members of the discipline also explore the role of ICT in work and organisations, developing countries and electronic business.
Several significant research projects are underway. For example, in collaboration with the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP), the department recently launched a major research project exploring the key factors that drive ICT professionals. The joint initiative, the largest research project into NZ’s growing ICT profession, will look into the critical factors that drive IT professionals today which led them to take up a career in the field. The project is designed to sit alongside and tie together other research conducted by government, academia and industry and provide an on-going source of meaningful data on the profession. In another dubbed Mobility in Action, this research endeavours to develop empirically-grounded theory to understand the use of mobile devices in everyday work and non-work activities, emerging paradoxes from usage, and personal strategies in managing mobile use and their impact. The research outcome has the potential to produce rich insights to understand complex process of mobility in use in everyday life and offer practical suggestions to workers and their employers on strategies to manage the use of mobile devices.
Our researchers have had papers published in numerous top journals, including MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, Information & Management, Electronic Markets, Organization Studies, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Information Technology for Development as well as in IEEE Transactions for Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions for Security and Privacy, Telecommunications Policy and Information Technology & People.
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