Establishing and Managing Management Information Systems in Developing Countries

Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku

Abstract


Managers at all levels in organizations must constantly work with relevant, timely, strategic, accurate, structured, cost-effective information in order to execute planning, control, decision making and problem solving efficiently and effectively. Effective management information systems (MISs) provide this information. Many existing MISs are either not actually a MIS or inadequate. Also a large number of sizeable organizations do not own a MIS. Yet almost no publication has given incisive, clear guidance on establishing and managing an effective MIS, especially in developing countries. This paper was written, based on thorough search for and critical assessment of existing literature and on the author's experience, to correct misconceptions of MIS and to help organizations and MIS managers to have the right MIS. By reading the paper, organization’s managers and information system/information technology specialists will understand clearly the basic components of an information system and that both parties must work together to establish a MIS that achieves organization’s goals. They will also learn how to identify the need and why and how to initiate, plan, implement and maintain a new MIS or revitalization of a moribund one; to recruit and motivate suitable staff; and to provide reports that help managers to make decisions and take proactive actions.


Keywords


decision support system;decision making;information systems;knowledge management in organizations;management;management information system;managers;MIS

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