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Subject:[wkwi] Ist "Informationsmanagement" eine deutsche Eigenheit?
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Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

angesichts einer Unsicherheit, wie verbreitet eigentlich unser
hierzulande geliebter Begriff Informationsmanagement draussen in der
"Welt" ist, habe dort nachgefragt (d.h. in ISWorld). Das Ergebnis ist
ganz interessant. Fuer diejenigen, die nicht Mitglied bei ISWorld sind,
fuege ich meine urspruengliche Frage sowie den Ruecklauf unten nochmals
an.

Mit freundlichen Gruessen
Ihr K. Kurbel

**** My original questions (Aug 29, 2002) ************************

Subject: [isworld] Is "Information Management" a global term?

Dear colleagues,

We have a course on "Information Management", like most German
universities. Some time ago I was looking for an appropriate English
textbook for that course, expecting an abundance of search results.

To my complete surprise there were practically no results. In the German
speaking countries, there are plenty of professors and chairs with that
denomination, and as a consequence plenty of German textbooks with
information management in the title. The closest term I came across in
the US is "information resources management" - as in Mehdi Koshrowpour's
IRMA and the publications around it - probably dating back to the time
when that issue was of broad interest. So here are my questions:

1) Is "Information Management" really a common term on an international
scale, or is it perhaps just a German fad?
2) Do you know - and could you recommend - any English textbooks on that
topic?

All your comments welcome. I will compile and distribute them
afterwards. Please reply by e-mail (kurbel@euv-frankfurt-o.de) to avoid
jamming the listserver with individual opinions as it happened in the
past weeks.

Best regards,
Karl Kurbel

**** Distributing replies (Sep 6, 2002) ****************************

Dear colleagues,

My question a week ago, "is Information Management a global term?", lead
to quite diverse answers, ranging from "this is not a common term", via
"what exactly do you mean?" and associations with library science, all
the way to "an extremely common term globally".

My second question about a textbook with IM in the title indeed
exhibited some. Thank you!

So what's the overall conclusion? To me it is that some people in the
world use the term "Information Management" but it is by far not as
common as in Germany.

Please find the compiled replies subsequently (15 entries). My original
inquiry is attached at the end. Thanks for participating!

Best regards,
Karl Kurbel

P.S. If anyone is interested in the attachments mentioned in some of the
mails, please let me know. I will mail them separately to you in this
case.


**** List of contributions (alphabetically) ********************

1) ***************************************************************

Professor Dr. Kurbel,

The focus, managing information, implied by "information management"
have generally been subsumed under the term "information resources
management" within the United States.  Although certainly not
exclusively, the term IRM is primarily found with respect to government
management of information resources, including:  technology, people
supporting the technology, and information (as a resource that should be
explicitly managed).  One finds early reference to and definition of IRM
in the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (I think, sorry don't have exact
reference readily available) and subsequent amendments and additional
information in the Office of Management and Budget circular OMB A130.
You can also find a number of articles analyzing IRM policies in the the
journal "Government Information Quarterly."

I have not seen the term "information mangement" in widely used in North
American publications.  There now seems to be a trend, or fad, toward
using the term "knowledge management."  My reading of this literature
indicates substantial overlap with information management concept but
substantial differences in intent and vocabulary as well.

I believe you may find that Donald Marchand, has focused on the
information management and use in his research and has recently
published a book on the subject.

John Beachboard
Idaho State University
Beachboard, John [beach@cob.isu.edu]

2) ***************************************************************

Karl:

I would suggest you also look at the term "knowledge management."  It is
intended to suggest a step beyond information to  knowledge.  One good
book in this area is "Working Knowledge: How Organization Manage What
They Know," by T. H. Davenport & L. Prusak, Harvard Business School
Press, 1998.

A second book might be a bit closer to your original search.  It is
entitled: "Information Ecology: Mastering the Information and Knowledge
Environment," T. H. Davenport, Oxford University Press, 1997.

I am sure you will hear of other worthwhile titles and resources.  Good
luck in your search.

Jon Beard

--------------------------------------------
Jon W. Beard, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Management and Information Systems Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville jbeard@siue.edu

3) ***************************************************************

Karl
Information Management is not used widely in the UK, most people have
gone over
to KM - although, in my opinion, mostly they are discussing IM! I teach
a masters level course in Strategies for IM and find getting a textbook
to cover the syllabus very difficult.

I am enclsoing the reading list I give my students as this might help
you,
although the Galliers book is currently being re-issued as a new edition
and I
am not sure what the new version will cover.  The 1999 version cannot
now be
bought from the publishers.  The Ward and Peppard book is new and has
some
interesting chapters but doesn't cover the entire syllabus.

Hope this helps.

Set text:

Galliers Rd, Leidner DE and Baker BSH (eds) (1999)  Strategic
Information
Management  2nd Edition - Butterworth-Heinneman

Marchand DA, Davenport TH and Dickson T (eds) (2000)  Mastering
Information
Management  FT Prentice Hall

Ward J and Peppard J (2002)  Strategic Planning for Information Systems
Wiley

Further Reading:

Barnett C (1996)  Management Strategy and Information Technology
International Thomson Business Press


Clare C & Stutely G (1995)  Information Systems - Strategy to Design
Chapman Hall

Coakes E, Willis D and Lloyd-Jones R (2000) The New Sociotech: Graffiti
on the
Long Wall London: Springer-Verlag

Coakes E, Willis D & Clarke S (2002) Knowledge Management in the
SocioTechnical
World: The Graffiti Continues London: Springer-Verlag

Laudon KC and Laudon JP (2000)  Management Information Systems: New
approaches
to Organisation and Technology  6th  edition Prentice Hall
www.prenhall.com/laudon

McKeen JD and Smith HA (1996) Management Challenges in IS - Successful
Strategies and Appropriate Action  Wiley

McKeen James D & Smith Heather A. (2003) IT Strategy in Action Wiley
due
January

McNurlin & Sprague (1995)    Information Systems Management in Practice
4th
edition Prentice-Hall

Journals:

Management Today
Harvard Business Review
Computer Weekly
MIT Sloan Management Review
Financial Times

Web-sites such as BRINT or Forrester Research

Elayne Coakes
Senior Lecturer in Business Information Management
Westminster Business School
Elayne Coakes [coakese@westminster.ac.uk]

4) ***************************************************************

Good evening....

A couple of books I think of immediately are:  Applegate, Linda et al,
Corporate Information Systems Mangement:  Text and Cases and Information
Systems Management in Practice, McNurlin, Barbara and R. Sprague, Jr.;
and Creating Business Advnatage in theInfomaiton Age, Applegate, L.;
Austin, Robert, and McFarlan, F. Warren.  I look forward to your posting
the complete list you receive.

Marianne D'Onofrio, Ph.D.
Professor, MIS
CCSU
D'Onofrio, Marianne (MIS) [Donofrio@mail.ccsu.edu]

5) ***************************************************************

Professor Kurbel,

I have taught for a few years a class called "Managing Information",
within the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin.  I agree
with you that there is no good single textbook. I have built my own list
of topics and readings, which I enclose

Best of luck,

Dr. Stefano Grazioli
Assist.  Professor of Management of Information Technologies
McIntire School of Commerce at The University of Virginia
grazioli@virginia.edu

6) ***************************************************************

Hi Karl

'Information Management' is an extremely common term globally and you
will find the activities of the Information Institute very useful in
this respect;

<www.information-institute.org>

Regards
Ray
-------------

Dr Ray Hackney
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School, UK
RAY HACKNEY [R.Hackney@mmu.ac.uk]

7) ***************************************************************

I use the terminology "management of information systems" or
"management of information assets" since that seems to have the
fewest extraneous connotations as one moves among the public,
private, and not-for-profit sectors here in the US.

Current textbook is C. W. Frenzel, Management of Information
Technology, 3rd ed., Boston: Boyd & Fraser, 1999 but I've used
McNurlin and Sprague with good results as well.  I make
extensive use of other readings besides the textbook.

Hope this is helpful.  Looking forward to your compilation of
responses too.

Best wishes,
Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D.
Director, Information Systems Research Center
Farrington Professor, Business Computer Information Systems College of
Business, University of North Texas
Email: kapp@unt.edu

8) ***************************************************************

Karl,

I assume that since you implied that this is a "common" course, you are
looking for a "general" text book.  Try searching for: "Management
Information Systems" or just "Information Systems" or sometimes
"Information Technology" (Although some claim there is a difference,
many seem to use the terms "Information Systems" and "Information
Technology" interchangeably.)

-Fred
Kitchens, Fred L. [FKITCHENS@email.bsu.edu]

9) ***************************************************************

Dear Professor Kurbel,

this is an interesting phenomenon which I also came across during my
stay in the US (University of Georgia, Athens, GA). To my knowledge,
information management has always been dealt with in the Anglo-American
world as information resource management. There were a number of books
and papers on the topic, especially in the 80s and early 90s. As
interest in theory and practice shifted away from general IM or IRM
topics (like IRM frameworks or methodological
issues) to more specific accounts (like infrastructure, architecture,
Web and e-business, Groupware etc.) the focus in research seemed to also
have shifted away from the more general treatment as is common in the
German speaking countries.

There are still quite a few Universities that do teach IRM (e.g., the
University of Georgia has a course on IRM). However, the courses might
not rely on a textbook on IRM, but on a number of (specific) cases
(e.g., from the Harvard Business school) which deal with corresponding,
relevant, timely IS topics from a strategic perspective such as Web
strategy.

There is also a fairly new research direction that highlights a facet of
what is commonly thought of as IM in German-speaking countries and gives
the topic a new perspective: information systems leadership. For WWW
resources see e.g.:
http://www.terry.uga.edu/cisl/siglead/
http://www.terry.uga.edu/cisl/

Best wishes,

Ronald Maier.
(until 09/30: University of Regensburg, from 10/01: University of
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany). Ronald Maier
[ronald.maier@wiwi.uni-regensburg.de]

10) **************************************************************

Information Management to me suggests "Library Studies" and Knowledge
Management maybe what you should look as often in IS knowledge means
data (something inside a computer) and information mean knowledge
(interpreted by someone). There is a missing topic "The Management of
Information" which need a good book to be written. The real question may
be are you looking for philosophy, management or database techo stuff?

regards

mike
Mike Metcalfe [Mike.Metcalfe@unisa.edu.au]

11) **************************************************************

Dr Kurbel

I have recently had published Information Management: a consolidation of
operations, analysis and strategy that I feel addresses the need to
which you refer.

Details of the book are provided by the publisher, Charles Sturt
University (CSU) Centre for Information Studies at
http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/sciagr/sis/CIS/latest_frame.html

Despite the publishing date being given as May, it in fact has just come
out in  September - you can obtain a promotional flyer and purchase it
through Centre for Information Studies <cis@csu.edu.au>

( I believe that their North American distributors have yet to make it
available through Amazon etc, and you would have to enquire about German
distribution)

We see the book as useful across a whole course in information
management, complemented by specific texts for individual units. I am
also making exercises associated with each chapter online available
through the publishers. These will be used in courses here at QUT and at
CSU at least, but will be publicly available at a CSU Website.

Best wishes

Michael Middleton
Michael Middleton [m.middleton@qut.edu.au]

(You may also be interested in a book that I have coming out shortly
with Len Asprey through Idea Group Integrative Document and Content
management: strategies for exploiting enterprise knowledge ISBN
1-59140-055-4 ebook ISBN 1-59140-068-6

12) **************************************************************

The term Information Technology Management is more prevalent in North
America.
Somehow Information Management is associated with library and
information
science.

The followinf book may be of interest to you as it covers many global
issues of
IT Management.

..... Prashant Palvia

"Global Information Technology and Electronic Commerce". Ivy League
Publishing,
2002. ISBN: 0-9648382-3-0. Publisher: Ivy League Publishing.
Editors: Prashant C. Palvia, email: pcpalvia@uncg.edu, Shailendra C.
Palvia, email: spalvia@liu.edu,
Edward M. Roche, email: eroche@mac.com

13) **************************************************************

Maybe you should specify the contents of the German Information
Management subject area - then you can find out what it matches up with
in other countries.  My subject area tends to be called Information
Systems in England, Management Information Systems in America and
Informatik in Denmark

Jeremy Rose
Dept of Computing Science
Aalborg University, Denmark
jeremy@cs.auc.dk

14) **************************************************************

Dear Dr Kurkel,

Information Management (IM) certainly is a commonly used term in New
Zealand. At Massey University there is 157.242: Information Management
(textbook: James O'Brien's Management Information Systems) and until
recently there was an MBA course called Business Information Management.


Why few textbooks with that name? Thinking about it, that is a very good
question and I look forward to seeing what others say. Perhaps because
IM is such a broad term. Publishers, tenure committees and even authors
probably prefer titles that include the core IM concept -- Information
Systems -- in its title.

Dennis

Dennis Viehland
Associate Prof, Info Systems
Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand d.viehland@massey.ac.nz

15) **************************************************************

Dear Professor Kurbel,

A colleague passed on your message to IS World.

I think the answer to your question about IM being a fad is that it
isn't. I maintain a directory of courses (rather more comprehensive than
the one at IS World and organized differently
(
http://InformationR.net/wl/) and most of the institutions in that list,
world wide, have IM courses and degrees.


Link update:
http://www.onlinecollege.org/useful-info-systems-courses/


The issue of texts is more problematic, since it depends in part upon
what you conceive of as 'information management'. There are at least two
ways of viewing this topic: one, which you have come across as
'information resource management' - the preferred term in the USA - has
the management of information content at its core, with IT as a
management tool; it is derived from and shares much in commmon with
librianship and information science. The other view is that it deals
with the management of information technology - some early writers, like
Synott and Gruber, promoted this perspective. In the UK, at least, this
latter definition never seemed to gain much ground, people speaking
(more accurately) of 'IT management' instead, but in the USA it ran
along at the same time as IRM and there was much confusion.

One of the reasons for the lack of texts is that, in both the UK and the
USA, the IRM or 'information content variant of IM' courses are taught
at Master's level, where the emphasis on the research literature and
where research papers, monographs on individual topics, and  the Annual
Review of Information Science and Technology are more likely to appear
on reading lists than a general text book.

If it IS the content type of IM that you are interested in, the only
general text that comes to mind is the recently published 'Handbook of
Information Management', from Aslib, London.

Regards,
Tom Wilson
Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD
University of Sheffield, UK
e-mail: t.d.wilson@shef.ac.uk

**** My original questions
**********************************************

Subject: [isworld] Is "Information Management" a global term?

Dear colleagues,

We have a course on "Information Management", like most German
universities. Some time ago I was looking for an appropriate English
textbook for that course, expecting an abundance of search results.

To my complete surprise there were practically no results. In the German
speaking countries, there are plenty of professors and chairs with that
denomination, and as a consequence plenty of German textbooks with
information management in the title. The closest term I came across in
the US is "information resources management" - as in Mehdi Koshrowpour's
IRMA and the publications around it - probably dating back to the time
when that issue was of broad interest. So here are my questions:

1) Is "Information Management" really a common term on an international
scale, or is it perhaps just a German fad?
2) Do you know - and could you recommend - any English textbooks on that
topic?

All your comments welcome. I will compile and distribute them
afterwards. Please reply by e-mail (kurbel@euv-frankfurt-o.de) to avoid
jamming the listserver with individual opinions as it happened in the
past weeks.

Best regards,
Karl Kurbel

*** Prof. Dr. Karl Kurbel
*** VGU - Virtual Global University
*** School of Business Informatics
*** kurbel@euv-frankfurt-o.de;
http://www.vg-u.org