Discussion 1: Shared Practice—How Technology Changes How We Live and Work

Discussion 1: Shared Practice—How Technology Changes How We Live and Work


Digital technology seems ubiquitous, touching nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Its rapid evolution continues to significantly affect how people live and work, and how they communicate with one another, within increasingly diverse, complex social networks. And the information lifecycle today moves much faster than it did 30, 20, even 10 years ago. Just as we adopt a new device or learn a new piece of software, the next best and greatest innovation comes along that renders our new tool or toy obsolete.

By Day 3

Post your insights about how information and information technology have changed your daily life, both professionally and personally. Focus on the technologies that have helped you increase your effectiveness at work and in business, and how you might apply these technologies as a business manager.

General Guidance: Your initial Shared Practice Discussion post, due by Day 3, will typically be 2–3 paragraphs in length as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the rubric for the Week 1 Shared Practice Discussion for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.




Required Readings

Bélanger, F., Van Slyke, C., & Crossler, R. (2019). Information systems for business: An experiential approach, 3e. Burlington, VT: Prospect Press.

  • Chapter 1: The Value of Information

Drnevich, P. L., & Croson, D. C. (2013). Information technology and business-level strategy: Toward an integrated theoretical perspective. MIS Quarterly, 37(2), 483-509.

In this article, Drnevich and Croson argue the importance of integrating information technology with both functional and business-level strategies and goals in order to improve organizational flexibility and performance. The authors explore the implications of IT and business strategy alignment on maintaining existing organizational capabilities, as well as capitalizing on future opportunities.

Knežević, S., Stanković, A., & Tepavac, R. (2012). Accounting information system as a platform for business and financial decision-making in the company. Management, 65, 63–69. 

Using the content analysis method, the authors of this paper discuss different types of accounting information systems, as well as their role and active use as a platform in decision making.

Olson, D. L., & Staley, J. (2012). Case study of open-source enterprise resource planning implementation in a small business. Enterprise Information Systems, 6(1), 79-94. 

This study addresses the feasibility of open-source enterprise resource planning systems for small businesses. The authors discuss the opportunities and the risks associated with implementing these systems, using a case involving two separate efforts to utilize free enterprise resource planning software products in a small engineering firm.

Vickery, S. K., Droge, C. C., Setia, P. P., & Sambamurthy, V. V. (2010). Supply chain information technologies and organisational initiatives: Complementary versus independent effects on agility and firm performance. International Journal Of Production Research, 48(23), 7025-7042. 

This paper explores two different models, which define the roles of supply chain organisational initiatives and information technologies in building operational agility and improving business performance in manufacturing firms.


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