Week 8 assignment – chapter 7

 Information Systems for Business and Beyond Questions:

Chapter 7 -Homework – study questions 1-10, Exercise 1-3

These are the questions

Study Questions 

  1. What is the productivity paradox? 
  2. Summarize Carr’s argument in “Does IT Matter.” 
  3. How is the 2008 study by Brynjolfsson and McAfee different from previous studies? How is it the same? 
  4. What does it mean for a business to have a competitive advantage? 
  5. What are the primary activities and support activities of the value chain? 
  6. What has been the overall impact of the Internet on industry profitability? Who has been the true winner? 
  7. How does EDI work? 
  8. Give an example of a semi-structured decision and explain what inputs would be necessary to provide assistance in making the decision. 
  9. What does a collaborative information system do? 
  10. How can IT play a role in competitive advantage, according to 

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the 2008 article by Brynjolfsson and McAfee? 

Exercises 

  1. Analyze Carr’s position in regards to PC vs. Mac, Open Office vs. Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Powerpoint vs. Tableau. 
  2. Do some independent research on Nicholas Carr (the author of “IT Doesn’t Matter”) and explain his current position on the ability of IT to provide competitive advantage. 
  3. Review the WebEx website. What features of WebEx would contribute to good collaboration? Compare WebEx with other collaboration tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts? 
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