Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 2

Volume 2 Number 4, Pages 12-16

Winter 1990


Coverage of Key Issues in the MIS Course


Laurie MacDonald
John Swearingen

Bryant College
Smithfield, RI 02917, USA

Abstract: MIS decision-makers in business and academia are faced with a number of issues in an ever changing environment. A number of previous studies [1,2,3,4] have identified MIS issues of greatest importance to IS management. It has been suggested [2,4] that knowledge of the relative importance of MIS issues aids businesses in deciding where to focus investments, and is also relevant to academics as they attempt to shape curricula. This study presents an assessment of the degree to which the issues identified as of greatest importance by the cited studies are likely to be included in a typical undergraduate MIS class. Coverage of a topic in the typical MIS text is used as a proxy for actual class coverage. Such coverage within the textbooks is found to be spotty and the implications of this finding for the classroom are discussed.

Keywords: MIS issues, Curriculum, Textbooks

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Recommended Citation: MacDonald, L. & Swearingen, J. (1990). Coverage of Key Issues in the MIS Course. Journal of Information Systems Education, 2(4), 12-16.