Assignment1: Information Needs for the AIS
Information management is the collection of information, so the information can be communicated within and outside the organization, and processed to enable managers to make quicker and better decisions. Information management is simply the management of information that belongs to a business organization. There are a lot of details that go into information management: system requirements, database management, security, updating systems, and availability of information. (1)
Based on your research, asses how corporate leaders may make improper assumptions related to accounting information systems and the related information. Indicate the most negative potential impacts on business operations related to these assumptions. Provide support for your rationale.
The first assumption Ackoff makes is that management needs more information. Management information systems (MIS) are designed on the idea that managers operate with a lack of relevant information. Management suffers from an overabundance of information. The emphasis should be placed on eliminating irrelevant information. When the emphasis is placed on acquiring data the emphasis is placed on setting up data banks, coding, indexing, and updating files. If the issue is an overabundance of irrelevant information, then the two most important functions of an information system become filtration and condensation. Unless the information to which managers are subjected is reduced, any additional information made available by an MIS cannot be used effectively. When dealing with an overabundance of information, the information must be consolidated to only the information needed for management. The important thing to remember when dealing with accounting information is it must be able to be understood by the end user. Management may not need more...
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