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Fundamentals of Information Systems, 9th Edition

  • Ralph Stair
  • George Reynolds
  • ISBN-10: 1337097535
  • ISBN-13: 9781337097536
  • 560 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2014, 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Equip students with a solid understanding of the core principles of IS and how it is practiced today as the brief FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 9th edition covers the latest developments and their impact on the rapidly changing role of today's IS professional. In addition to an emphasis on IS-related careers, this edition covers business intelligence, cloud computing, e-commerce, enterprise systems, mobile computing, and systems acquisition. Student examine computer crimes, hacking, and cyberterrorism as well as the most current research on big data, analytics, global IS, and social networking. Students discover how information systems can increase profits and reduce costs as they explore artificial intelligence, change management, consumerization of information systems, data governance, energy and environmental concerns, Internet censorship, virtual teams, and more. Powerful new interactive online multimedia resources, including MindTap, strengthen the book’s approach.


  • MINDTAP® ONLINE COURSE MANAGEMENT ALLOWS YOU TO MEASURE SKILLS AND OUTCOMES WITH EASE. Personalized teaching becomes yours through a highly customizable Learning Path built with key student objectives and the ability to control and add to what your students see. Analytics and reports provide a snapshot of class progress, time in course, engagement, and completion rates.

  • APLIA’S™ ONLINE LEARNING SOLUTION ENGAGES, PREPARES, AND EDUCATES YOUR STUDENTS. Aplia’s™ original assessments ensure that your students grasp the skills and concepts presented in your course. With today’s leading homework and management solution, your students stay on top of their coursework with regularly scheduled homework assignments and automatic grading with detailed, immediate feedback. Aplia can work independently or in conjunction with other course management systems.

  • INFORMATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES CLEARLY GUIDE STUDENT LEARNING. Each chapter in this streamlined edition begins with a set of information system principles that provide specific direction and guidance in decision making. One or more learning objectives are identified for each principle to help lead the learning process.

  • REAL, MEMORABLE EXAMPLES FEATURE FAMILIAR ORGANIZATIONS. Each chapter in this brief fundamentals text offers at least two dozen new examples of today’s real businesses and non-profit organizations applying the principles and concepts presented in the text. These real-world examples work with this edition’s cutting-edge coverage to equip students with both the IS and business skills they need for success as workers, managers, decision makers, and organizational leaders.

  • SUMMARIES LINK TO AND REINFORCE KEY PRINCIPLES. Each chapter concludes with a detailed summary. To ensure comprehension, each section of the summary is updated and directly connected to a specific critical information system principle.

  • END-OF-CHAPTER QUESTIONS AND EXERCISES OFFER RICH VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES. An extensive and robust set of practice opportunities at the end of each chapter in this brief edition include a Self-Assessment Test, Review Questions, Discussion Questions, Problem-Solving Exercises, Team Activities, Web Exercises, and Career Exercises.

  • CASE STUDIES EXPLORE PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR DILEMMAS IN REAL-WORLD ORGANIZATIONS. Providing a wealth of practical information for students, unique end-of-chapter cases follow a real company or organization that faces a problem or concept discussed in the chapter. You can assign these cases for homework or use them to prompt lively class discussion.

  • DETAILED COVERAGE PREPARES STUDENTS TO WORK WITH THE NEWEST DELIVERY MODELS IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS. You will find solid, timely coverage of strategic planning, project management, the waterfall model, Agile development, and the purchase software package processes. This coverage helps equip your students to take a major role in their organization’s software development and acquisition projects. Students are also introduced to several robust change models that they can use to increase the probability of success when introducing new information systems and processes.

  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES AND VIRTUAL TEAMS HIGHLIGHTS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. This edition includes current research on virtual teams and work structures, coverage of the most popular social networking sites based on the number of unique visits per month, and insights on how companies use virtual organizational structures to manage mobile workers.

  • STUDENT-FRIENDLY, INVITING LEARNING FEATURES CAPTIVATE AND INFORM STUDENTS. Engaging critical-thinking exercises, memorable business examples, and intriguing cases throughout this brief edition actively involve your students in learning.

About the Author

Ralph Stair

Ralph Stair has taught information systems at many universities throughout his academic career, including Florida State University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. He earned 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. A well-respected author, esteemed researcher and leading educator, he has published numerous articles and popular textbooks, including SUCCEEDING WITH TECHNOLOGY, PROGRAMMING IN BASIC, and more.

George Reynolds

George Reynolds taught information systems at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University (Ohio), Miami University (Ohio), the College of Mount St. Joseph, and Strayer University. Professor Reynolds authored more than two dozen popular textbooks addressing various aspects of today’s information technology and business.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Information Systems in Organizations.
2. Hardware and Software.
3. Database Systems and Big Data.
4. Networks and Cloud Computing.
5. Electronic Commerce and Enterprise Systems.
6. Business Intelligence and Analytics.
7. Knowledge Management and Specialized Information Systems.
8. Systems Acquisition and Development.
9. The Personal and Social Effects of Computers.

New to this edition

  • "DID YOU KNOW?" FEATURES PROVIDE INTRIGUING DETAILS ABOUT INFORMATION SYSTEMS TODAY. Each chapter begins with a set of interesting real-world facts related to the chapter subject matter that piques the reader’s interest with relevant MIS content and provides motivation to read further.
  • CRITICAL-THINKING EXERCISES PROMPT ACTIVE LEARNING. These brief scenarios raise technical, organizational, behavioral, legal, and ethical issues that test the reader’s grasp of the material just covered. Exercises cause the reader to analyze and evaluate concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than just remember facts. The reader must also rigorously question ideas and assumptions, becoming an active learner. A critical thinking exercise appears at the end of each major section, providing three to six exercises per chapter to assign for homework or to use in class discussion.
  • TEST BANK OFFERS VARIETY OF PROVEN QUESTIONS TO TEST STUDENTS’ COMPREHENSION. This streamlined edition’s updated and enriched test bank features both low- and moderate-level questions to more accurately assess student knowledge.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 1337099015 | ISBN-13: 9781337099011)

Find everything you need for your course in one place. This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint® presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1337099031 | ISBN-13: 9781337099035)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions. Create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap MIS, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Stair/Reynolds' Fundamentals of Information Systems  (ISBN-10: 1337099066 | ISBN-13: 9781337099066)

MindTap MIS for Stair/Reynolds, MindTap 1 term (6 months) for Fundamentals of Information Systems, 9th Edition is an online learning solution designed to help students master the skills they need in today’s workforce. Research shows employers need critical thinkers, troubleshooters and creative problem-solvers to stay relevant in our fast paced technology-driven world. MindTap helps you achieve this with assignments and activities that are tied to learning objectives and provide real-life relevance. For instructors, MindTap provides benefits and support including automatic grading, analytics and LMS integration with full flexibility to tailor a course. Readings and “Concept Clip Whiteboards” support the lecture, while RSS Feed assignments and critical thinking questions offer a deeper dive into the topics. Pre- and post- course assessments allow you to measure how much students have learned using analytics and reporting that makes it easy to see where the class stands in terms of progress, engagement and completion rates. SAM Study Center provides students with highly visual study tools designed specifically for review and test prep. Use the content and learning path as-is or pick and choose how our material will wrap around yours. You control what the students see and when they see it.

Student Supplements

MindTap MIS, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Stair/Reynolds' Fundamentals of Information Systems  (ISBN-10: 1337099066 | ISBN-13: 9781337099066)

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