|Course Title||Information Management|
|Institution||Samara Institute of Management|
I. AIM OF THE COURSE
· to acquaint students with the growing importance of information for organization in constant activity and estimation factors, which can allow organizations to use information as a basic tool for achieving competitor’s advantages;
· to study methodology and to gain practical work experience with different kinds of business information used in the process of management state, in public and commercial organizations;
· to study levels of development life cycle for information systems, process, techniques and factors of organizational activity which decrease risks and increase possibility for successful realization of the project;
· to explore basic information technology concepts which can influence the business process, and help develop skills in the area of negotiation with specialists in the information area;
· to show students how organizations can receive profit from investment into information systems (case-study)
· to study methods of quantity analysis, information technology and evaluate their usefulness for solving problems in business;
· to provide students with basic knowledge and understanding of different types of information systems and allow them to cope with issues of planning, controlling and evaluating information systems from the managerial point of view.
II. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE PROGRAM
· study methods of process information in making management decisions, variants of using information in the management components and in the development of organization strategy, special features of information circulation in different organization structures;
· understand how an organization can improve business effect and take advantages thanks to use of information;
· know certain methods of effective information analysis and know how to use these methods in making decision process;
· evaluate issues such as culture, politics, property, etc. and tendencies in information system development which influence successful realization of information projects;
· know organizations’ demands on inside and outside information;
· know methods of confidential information defense, basic ways of management automatization in the Russian Federation and abroad.
III. METHODS USED
Ø use of a range of interactive teaching styles to highlight the key issues in the course (lecture, seminar discussion, small group debating).
Ø use of case studies for each topic in order to facilitate appreciation and understanding of conceptual issues within a concrete and applied context.
Ø use of a range of assessment regimes (group projects, presentation, minute papers, written examination) in order to assess progress on a broad range of learning objectives.
IV. COURSE CONTENT
The course content lectures and practice work. 8 lectures and 4 practice.
THEME 1 Introduction. Basics of modern manager information culture.
General characteristics of the subject. Its place and role in modern manager activities. Links with other subjects. Kinds of information. Quality of business information and its meaning for a manager. Sources and algorithms of business information supply. The methods of information evaluation. Using information for making decision process. The risk factors and the ways of decreasing them.
THEME 2 Making management decisions in organizations. Working out and realization of management decisions.
Making decisions and management. The models of making decisions in organizations. The problems and their solutions: economic-mathematics model. General stages of making management decisions. Preparation for working out management decisions. Working out management decisions. Adopt a decision, realization, analysis of result.
THEME 3 The strategy of organization development and the problems of information provision.
Management components and their information content. Mission, strategic concept, strategy, organizational model. Information support of marketing, finance, business-plans. Middle and long programming. Methods of analysing organization activity: SWOT – analysis, TQM analysis. Analytical and imitational models of enterprises, corporations and branches. Models of finance systems.
THEME 4 The organization of document system. Making and circulation of documents.
Document systems. Databases of document systems. Making documents in state structures. Documents in commercial structures. Probable information problems in organization of document circulation in different organizations.
THEME 5 The Business document: characteristics, structure, content.
Document, special features of the business document. Outside characteristics of documents. The information characteristics. Corporative characteristics. Information estimation of documents. Defense against drain and false information. The structure of the document and essential elements. Content and composition. Methods of content analysis. Semantic content analysis.
THEME 6 Information provision for small and medium sized enterprises. Working out the project of management information system.
Special features of information circulation support for small and medium sized enterprises. Information systems for making management decisions.
THEME 7 Information and safety.
Information agencies in the Russian Federation and abroad. The problems and the methods of private information defense. Technical means. Computer security. Defense of internal firm information.
THEME 8 The computer management evolution. Management automatization.
Information and traditional management. History of information system development in the Russian Federation and abroad. New information technology in the modern management concept. Information crisis and problems of large firms. Electronic intermediary in relationship between producer and consumer. Basis of computer evolution: information resources, information industries. Information support of firms in transition economies. Selection criteria of software.
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Audley Genus (2000), The Management of Change: perspectives and practice,1th Edition (Thomson Learning Berkshire House 168 –173 High Holborn London WC1V 7AA UK)