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Business Information Systems (3rd Edition)

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This textbook offers students a systematic guide to how information systems underpin organisational activity in today’s global information society, covering everything from ICT infrastructure and the digital environment to...

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This textbook offers students a systematic guide to how information systems underpin organisational activity in today’s global information society, covering everything from ICT infrastructure and the digital environment to electronic marketing, mobile commerce and design thinking. While academically rigorous and underpinned by the author’s deep knowledge of the subject, an engaging writing style combined with extensive pedagogical features, cases and innovative examples from around the world ensure that the text remains accessible to those approaching the topic for the first time. Taking an approach that views businesses as complex systems, the book illustrates how valuable systems thinking can be in our everyday working lives, while theoretical ideas are always supported by examples of their application in the real world.

This text is the ideal course companion for all students studying business information systems or management information systems modules at undergraduate, postgraduate or MBA level.

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  • Case studies from around the globe now embedded within each chapter, covering organisations such as Alibaba and Uber, and key issues ranging from cyberwarfare and data security to open source software and digital innovation in the music industry.
  • Extensive pedagogical features, including Reflect, Recap and Did you Know boxes throughout every chapter, alongside learning outcomes, an on-page glossary, review test questions, students exercises and projects, lists of further reading, and a new selection of cases from the Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases.
  • A companion website including extra case studies, further readings and weblinks, as well as mindmaps, modelling exercises, PowerPoint slides, and a careers zone featuring video interviews with professionals in the field.


  • New coverage of key contemporary topics, including big data, analytics, cloud computing, the internet of things, blockchain and bitcoin, green IS, ethics, and cyber security.
  • Brand new chapters on Mobile Commerce and Social Media, and Designing Digital Organisation (design thinking).
  • A revised concluding chapter considering contemporary technological trends, as well as reflections and predictions for future innovations.

1. Introduction: The domain of business information systems
2. Systems of organisation
3. Data and information
4. The infrastructure of organisation
5. ICT infrastructure
6. The digital environment
7. Digital business
8. Electronic marketing, procurement and government
9. Mobile commerce and social media
10. Designing digital organisation
11. Digital strategy and digital innovation
12. Managing and operating digital infrastructure
13. The changing nature of digital infrastructure.

The author offers a clearly-organized and case study supported approach for real-world information system topics. The textbook bridges theory and practice in an intuitive und understandable manner. It is a must-read for every student in the field. – Dirk Drechsler, Offenburg University, Germany
Beynon-Davies’s updated classic provides a timely perspective on all elements of the modern ICT backbone that students and practitioners will find refreshing and useful in understanding the strategic role of IT in a data-driven decision making environment. – Nikolaos Korfiatis, University of East Anglia, UK
Business Information Systems provides an up-to-date and concise overview of a wide range of aspects related to the role of information in modern organisations, the increasing importance of electronic commerce and social media marketing as well as how to exploit digital opportunities for innovation. Relevant illustrations help to make it easier for students to understand the complexities of digital business. Exercises and Review Tests bring the subject matter to life even further. A balanced and usable book. – Markus Haag, University of Bedfordshire, UK
This third edition of Business Information Systems builds on previous editions by incorporating such key contemporary topics as big data; the internet of things; blockchain; social media; design thinking and cyber security. Importantly, considerations of sustainability and ethics also feature, as do reflections on contemporary technological trends and their impacts on business, organisations and society. This is essential reading, not just for those studying business information systems per se but for aspiring managers of all descriptions given the criticality and pervasiveness of digital technology both now and in the future. – Robert Galliers, Bentley University, USA
A very practical and up-to-date approach to business information systems. Grounded in principles of good teaching practice, this text is an excellent and accessible resource for both students and instructors. Terminology is contextually and gently introduced. The often-troublesome gap between theory and practice is effectively bridged through the extensive use of examples, stories and case studies, all highly relevant to the pervading digital environment. – Geraldine Torrisi-Steele, Griffith University, Australia
In a digital society it can be difficult to find a textbook that covers computer science and business in one place. However, Business Information Systems by Paul Beynon-Davies does just that and is a great book that simplifies the complicated and makes learning easy. I highly recommend this book. – Wayne Palmer, Buckinghamshire New University, UK
I have admired the work of Paul Beynon-Davies for years. His writing is of the highest standard and is truly engaging. That’s why I welcome the third edition of his textbook on Business Information Systems. It offers a comprehensive, up-to-date and rich learning experience for students of information systems. – Markus Lahtinen, Lund University, Sweden
Paul Beynon-Davies provides an engaging and comprehensive explanation of information systems and why they are important to business. It is grounded in a clear understanding of how technology is continuing to evolve and of the impact of this on how we live and work. It is illustrated by a range of excellent thought-provoking case studies. – Martin Rich, City University, London, UK
Business Information Systems is a comprehensive teaching aid for both undergraduate and postgraduate university courses which covers both the fundamentals and also some more cutting edge aspects of information systems. The text is engaging and encourages students to learn and reflect. – Philip Garnett, University of York, UK
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Paul Beynon-Davies is Professor of Organisational Informatics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK. Prior to academia, he worked in the UK Informatics industry for a number of years, and has since published widely in the fields of Business Information Systems, Electronic Business and Business Analysis, including a number of other textbooks with us such as eBusiness, and he is currently writing a new text on Business Analysis. He is highly regarded among lecturers in the field, especially in the UK and Europe.

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Paul Beynon-Davies is Professor of Organisational Informatics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK. Prior to academia, he worked in the UK Informatics industry for a number of years, and has since published widely in the fields of Business Information Systems, Electronic Business and Business Analysis, including a number of other textbooks with us such as eBusiness, and he is currently writing a new text on Business Analysis. He is highly regarded among lecturers in the field, especially in the UK and Europe.

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