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MMIS 502 : Managing Mobile & Distributed Organizations and their Information Systems

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Managing Mobile & Distributed Organizations and their Information Systems
Almost without exception, the modern organization is a mobile and distributed one -- it has people and business processes in many separate locations, interacting with each other to help the organization meet its objectives. In effect, such organizations succeed or fail in large part because their social networks strengthen the organization and help it learn, or get in the way of its core business functions. This course examines the managerial and leadership challenges of these distributed and mobile work places, and how they can and must be coordinated effectively to generate organizational knowledge and awareness to achieve organizational decision making. It then considers how mission needs and organizational objectives, as well as management style and organizational culture, may dictate how tightly, centrally-controlled these decision systems are (or, by contrast, how loosely-coupled, semi-autonomous and cooperative they are). With that foundation established, the course then turns to the opportunities and hazards that "bring your own technology" or BYOT brings to the modern knowledge workers' work places.

The “BYOT” perspective challenges students with the notion that the days of the “private garden” approach to management and configuration control of an organization’s information and knowledge systems – and their underlying technologies – are fast coming to an end. Today’s BYOT is ubiquitous, even if it is not yet surgically and seamlessly integrated with the people who use it. But today’s organizations face much more than a technology management challenge with BYOT, as they must re-learn what may be considered as classical lessons about how to grow, manage and lead a work force that may have many different kinds of mobility, and work in many different kinds of places. This course provides the frameworks by which these personal, organizational and technological perspectives can be assessed.

After completing this course, a student should be able to: Identify the key challenges to building, managing and leading a mobile and distributed work force, and why these should be addressed before considering the information systems and technologies they should use. Explain what is meant by the psycho-techno phenomenon known as “bring your own technology,” or “bring your own devices” (BYOT or BYOD) is, why this is becoming commonplace, and its intrinsic advantages and disadvantages. Compare and contrast the loosely-coupled (decentralized) and tightly-coupled (centralized) information governance strategies in terms of BYOT and the distributed and mobile organization Assess the proposition that all organizations, regardless of physical location or nature of their work, are in many respects mobile and distributed organizations that must contend with BYOT issues. Compare and contrast the opportunities and hazards of cloud computing and BYOT for distributed and mobile organizations. Discuss risk identification and management when dealing with mobile, distributed work places using BYOT approaches. Discuss the key information and IT systems governance issues that must be dealt with when integrating BYOT into a mobile and distributed work place organization Explain how policies to integrate, govern and utilize BYOT relate to other organizational needs and policies that address them in a distributed and mobile organization.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Mike Wills - 2/23/2015
Lela Halawi - 2/23/2012
Aaron Glassman - 2/23/2015
Bobby McMasters
1-5 Master of Science in Management Information Systems 1. Understand the role of information and knowledge in organizations, and how to apply information management and knowledge management principles and techniques to support the accomplishment of organizational goals and objectives
2. Use the principles of quality management to implement continuous business process improvements that achieve information systems’ reliability and robustness in sustainable ways.
3. Understand and apply systems engineering principles to the requirements analysis, design, development, implementation and operational support of organizational information and knowledge management systems
4. Integrate various ethical, legal, technological and professional perspectives, both local and global, throughout the various MIS decision making and managerial and leadership processes
5. Lead and manage the various aspects of information and knowledge management, stewardship and governance within a variety of organizational and mission contexts

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