Encyclopedia of Information Systems

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Hossein Bidgoli
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122272400
eBook ISBN: 9780080917948
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 29th July 2002
Page Count: 2969
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The Encyclopedia of Information Systems provides essential answers to questions increasingly asked by people in all walks of life. People can no longer claim that information about computer viruses, for example, is unimportant to their work, or that advances in speech recognition and encryption will leave them unaffected. The Encyclopedia is therefore more useful than one might suspect to people well beyond the walls of information systems departments. Offering both general and technical information about major elements, issues, opinions, and key studies, as well as cross-references to related subjects, it captures the dynamic growth and complexity unique to our era.

Key Features

  • Offers the only major encyclopedic examination of information systems; there are no competitors
  • Articles begin with easily understandable concepts and become increasingly sophisticated, satisfying the needs of all readers
  • Articles emphasize information that will not quickly go out of date 
  • Each article contains an average of 8 graphs and 8 tables illustrating its important points
  • Contains approximately 220 separate articles, all original contributions commissioned for this work
  • Includes approximately 700 figures and tables within the text; more than 2,000 glossary entries explain key terms, "further reading" lists appear at the end of each entry, and an extensive cross-referencing system links related articles


Major college and university libraries and a wide range of corporations and groups interested in and dependent on information systems. Among industries expected to become increasingly dependent upon information systems and active in interpreting the many issues surrounding their use are: health, medical, biotechnology, military, law enforcement, law firms, justice, libraries, manufacturing, financial services, insurance, communications, transportation, aerospace, energy, and utilities

Table of Contents

Accounting Advertising and Marketing in Electronic Commerce Automata Theory Benchmarking Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce C and C++ COBOL Cohesion, Coupling, and Abstraction Compiler Computer History Computer Viruses Computer-Aided Design Computer-Aided Manufacturing Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Continuous System Simulation Control and Auditing Copyright Laws Corporate Planning Cost / Benefit Analysis Crime, Use of Computers in Cybernetics Data Compression Data Envelopment Analysis Data Flow Diagrams Data Mining Data Modeling - Entity-Relationship Data Model Data Modeling - Object-Oriented Data Model Data versus Information Data Warehousing and Data Marts Database Administration Database Development Process Database Machines Decision Making Approach Decision Support Systems Decision Theory Desktop Publishing Developing Nations Digital Divide, The Digital Goods Disaster Recovery Simulation Distributed Databases Documentation for Software and IS Development Economic Impacts of Information Technology Education Electronic Commerce Electronic Commerce, Infrastructure for Electronic Data Interchange Electronic Mail Electronic Payment Systems Encryption End User Computing Concepts End User Computing Tools End User Computing, Managing Enginee


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Hossein Bidgoli

Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D., is professor of Management Information Systems at California State University, Bakersfield. Dr. Bidgoli helped set up the first PC lab in the United States. He is the author of 40 textbooks, 26 manuals, and more than three dozen technical articles and papers on various aspects of computer applications and information systems that have been published and presented throughout the world.Dr. Bidgoli is a two-time winner of Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award for 1985-86 and 1988-89, School of Business and Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield.

Affiliations and Expertise

California State University, Bakersfield, U.S.A.


"So much of our technology scene overwhelms us as we try to keep up-to-date or just remember "why" and "how" we got here, that the Encyclopedia of Information Systems is certainly a welcome resource. I was impressed by the comprehensive handling and readability of the material. I like the approach of providing summaries first and then diving deeper. The complimenting idea of concluding with pointers to landmark papers for follow-up for further reading/study is well conceived." --Dr. Michael Paige, VP Xerox and Director PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)

"A broad, comprehensive work spanning the whole of Information Systems, including some articles by experts in their respective fields." --Dr. Peter Norvig, Director of Machine Learning, Google, Inc.

"With numerous well written entries from a range of information science disciplines, the Encyclopedia of Information Systems is destined to find its place among the very best reference works of its kind." --Professor James Castiglione, Brooklyn College, CUNY

"This is an impressive work that brings together a wealth of information that was previously scattered in many publications. It is well worth the price and is recommended for all major university libraries." --H. Robert Malinowsky, Manager of Collections Development and Reference, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, E-STREAMS