Management Information Systems (MIS) is not simply data processing, nor computer science, nor computer services, nor computer information systems, nor computer information services, nor information systems. Management Information Systems is a comprehensive, academic and business discipline requiring a knowledge of business operations as a whole, the human decision making cognitive process, plus automated processing of data into information. This paper suggests that, as opposed to only being highly technical individuals as they are often viewed, MIS professionals must have a knowledge of various business functions and the nature of the related decision making timeframes plus draw on and blend knowledge and skills originating in a number of academic areas. The paper discusses the breadth and depth of these facets.
Clark, Paul Buddy
"Management information systems professionals—The requirement to be true Renaissance people within the organization,"
Journal of International Information Management: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jiim/vol4/iss2/6