4.3.8 - Management Information Systems - General Info

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  • Created on: 06-05-13 17:04
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  • Management Information Systems
    • Based upon a database
      • Designed to summarise information for managers to be able to make decisions on the future of the business
    • Collates information from a variety of sources and is able to produce summaries of this information
    • An information system (database) gives information for all users
      • An MIS is intended to give decision making information to managers
    • A decision made without appropriate information could be catastrophic for a company
      • MIS are for informing a decision rather than making decisions for the organisation
    • An MIS is essentially a database with a flexible enquiry and reporting system
      • Allows for information to be summarised and produced propmtly
        • Different formats for different needs of the manager
    • Internal and External sources are brought together by the MIS
      • They are then interrogated and produce flexible outputs for managers
    • Features of an effective MIS
      • Accessible by a wide range of users
        • Does not mean all employees
          • It is for a variety of different managers (sales, production etc.)
        • To get the best from the MIS, managers will need training
          • To know what type of information is available and how to use it
      • Gives informatin when required
        • Needs to produced infomration when needed not just to a predetermined schedule
      • Presents data in the most appropriate format
        • Often in graph/table form
          • Easiest to understand information speedily
            • Can look deeper into information if needed
        • Managers should be able to select between graph and table format
          • Also should be able to select file formats and eable data to be used in further analysis in spreadsheets or presentation
      • Includes relevant and accurate data
        • Too much information is useful as they key facts may be hidden
          • Managers need important information not just all of it
        • Accuracy can be assured by validation and verification
          • Poor accuracy could lead to wrong decisions
      • Flexibility
        • To meet different needs of differents users and requirements
        • Will need reports in different formats with different information
          • So information can be considered with different correlations
        • Intention is for information to meet manager needs
  • "An organised collection of people, procedures and resources designed to support the decisions of managers"


Mr A Gibson


This is one of three valuable mind maps which cover MIS. They are good to use as printed posters for familiarisation. Use the "Test Yourself" feature to review your learning.

Resource 1 - Mind Map of general information relating to MIS - this document

Resource 2 - Mind Map of good features of MIS

Resource 3 - Mind Map of bad features of MIS

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