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As expected, this book provides a general overview of information systems, including the nature of information, the components of an information system, how information systems are used in businesses, design and implementation techniques, and security considerations. I appreciate the broad coverage this book offers, as well as the infusion of real-world examples and case studies throughout the book. However, the inclusion of examples gets a little annoying when it interferes with the authors' explanation of a concept. At some points in the book, I felt that the authors included examples that didn't make sense considering what they were trying to explain. Much of the space could have contained a little more in-depth information, rather than the "peppering" of examples that may or may not be relevant. The book provides a good starting place for readers to discover their interests in the field, but the writing style was disappointing.
About the Author
Dr. Ralph Stair received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of New Orleans, and Florida State University. He has taught several courses through Florida State University's Study Abroad Program in London. Throughout the years, Dr. Stair has focused his teaching and research on information systems. Dr. Stair is a well-respected member of several academic organizations, including Decision Sciences Institute.
Professor George Reynolds brings a wealth of computer and industrial experience to this book. He combines his more than 30 years' experience working in government, institutional, and commercial IS organizations with his exceptional teaching skills to deliver a text that is both practical and focused on the needs of today's student. Professor Reynolds currently serves as assistant professor in the Computer Information Systems department at Strayer University. Professor Reynolds has also taught IS at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University, and College of Mount St. Joseph. He has held positions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas; the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California; and Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Professor Reynolds has authored more than two dozen successful textbooks addressing various aspects of information technology and business