Business Information Systems

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 organisations 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 dynamic group of scholars that actively engages with the scholarly conversations that matter. The Department research spans a number of areas, from information technology (IT) governance, healthcare IT, ICT for development, enterprise systems, information systems use and well-being, and logistics and supply chain management.

Research project highlights

  • IT professionals project: In collaboration with the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP), the department launched a study exploring 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 findings on the IT profession.
  • Workplace ICT use and professionals with visual impairments project: This study investigates technology-mediated work practices performed by professionals with visual impairments. With the support of the Blind Foundation, the researchers conducted an in-depth analysis of two organisations and found that digital technology goes some way towards making the workplace accessible for people with visual impairments. But there are aspects of working life that no App or device can translate. The main improvement needed is standardised work processes that are based on the principles of the right to information and inclusive work practices.
  • ICT use and refugees project: This study investigates how participants of refugee background use ICT in dealing with the everyday challenges they face in a new and unfamiliar information environment. The findings of this research project demonstrate the role ICT plays in helping resettled refugees to regain control of their disrupted lives.

Published papers

Our researchers have had papers published in well-regarded journals, including Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Management, Information Technology for Development, Information Technology & People, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Operations and Production Management, MIS Quarterly, Organization Studies, among others.

You are invited to check out the teaching and research interests of our group by clicking on their names below:

Associate Professor Antonio Díaz Andrade (Head of Department)
Phone: +64 9 921-9999 – ext: 5804

Last updated: 07-Feb-2017 4.04pm

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