Topics: Decision theory, Decision support system, Information systems Pages: 57 (13498 words) Published: June 5, 2014
Transactions of the SDPS:
Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science
17 (2), 2013, 59-88
DOI 10.3233/jid-2013-0009

The Evolution of Management Information Systems: A
Literature Review
Xiaojuan (Julia) Zhang*
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China Abstract The Management Information Systems (MISs) have been displaying considerable diversity during the evolution in the past decades. It comes such a big demand and challenge to draw an overarching picture of the evolutionary development of MISs. By systematically investigating the existing representative literature/research in MISs, especially by analyzing and modeling the MIS concepts, this paper first identifies the crises and challenges the traditional MIS has faced. Furthermore, by applying EBD, a design methodology, the author analyzes how these crises have been addressed, and as a result, how the classical MIS Pyramid is transformed and developed into an intelligenceintegration framework for the understanding of MISs evolution, which is able to not only position various information systems, but also show how these systems are still interrelated in the whole process of the evolution. The two dimensional framework here for MISs is conceptual model based, and different from prior frameworks, is able to describe the overall evolution of management information systems dynamically, rather than just “partially”, or “statically”. This framework also provides a model applicable to the development of MISs and information technologies, thus it is has meanings not just academia but also practice. The descriptive validity or consolidation of the framework is demonstrated by applying it to published MISs’ studies. Future trends and challenges of MISs are also discussed based on the framework in this paper.

Keywords: Management information systems, evolution, framework, Environment Based Design, literature review



The Management Information System (MIS), or Management Information Systems (MISs) /Information Systems (ISs), have been displaying considerable diversity during its evolution in the past decades, which is demonstrated and also highlighted by such systems as Electronic Data Processing Systems (EDPS)/Transaction Processing Systems (TPS), Management Information Systems (MIS), Database Management Systems (DBMS), Decision Support Systems (DSS); Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS), Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS), Executive Information Systems (EIS), Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Data Warehousing (DW) & Data Mining (DM), and Business Intelligence (BI), and also the application systems in the internet environment. However, even there are various models and frameworks which have contributed to the description of a particular part of the MIS field, there is still “no underlying framework” that provides “systematic” and “holistic” view of it (Bacon and Fitzgerald, 2001), or even the MIS/IS systems. Meanwhile, numerous research issues have been raised in doing the research in the stream. It comes such a big demand and challenge to draw an overarching picture of the evolutionary development *

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of MISs, and address these issues and concerns. By systematically investigating the existing representative literature/research in MISs, with an emphasis on analyzing and modeling the MIS concepts, this paper first clearly identifies the crises and challenges the traditional MIS has faced. Furthermore, by applying the Environment-based Design (EBD) methodology, the author analyzes how the crises have been addressed,...

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