What is a Management Information System?

by Daniel J. Power
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Broadly, a Management Information System (MIS) refers to a computer-based system that provides managers with data, information and reports to help manage a business or department in a company or organization. MIS supports the activities and functions of company. MIS also provides a framework for analyzing the information needs of managers. Management information systems use technology to assist managerial decision-making. A major purpose of an MIS is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a managers' decision-making. Management Information Systems especially help managers make decisions to support ongoing operations of an organization.

Management Information Systems (MIS) is one name for an academic discipline that studies how people use information technology to manage and operate organizations, and the interactions and relationships among these three elements, people, information technology and organization operations. MIS professionals help firms achieve benefits from investments in people, information technology, and business processes.

Last update: 2016-05-29 08:25
Author: Daniel Power

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