University of Oulu

Designing a management information system to support business school accreditation status

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Author: Lockerbie, Stephen1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Pages: 50
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : S. Lockerbie, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-06-02
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Tikka, Piiastiina
Reviewer: Rajanen, Mikko
Tikka, Piiastiina
Oulu Business School required a management information system which would reduce the manual work requirements for AACSB reports and improve the overall data collection process. By employing design science research, it was possible to construct a detailed analysis of the requirements of Oulu Business School and model these into a set of objectives for the system. These requirements were extrapolated further, using Agile methodology, into a concise list of user stories which would form the backbone of the development process. To meet the needs of both the faculty and AACSB accreditation, Oulu Business School wanted to replace their current data collection process with a web-based information system. This system that would collect contribution information from all staff members and generate a variety of reports from the data collected on-demand. Although there was a pre-existing system, it was not considered fit for purpose. Therefore, the project started from nothing. This allowed the team to gather concise requirements as well as using previously unused methodologies. To this end, we focused on using Design Science Research as this the study of how an information system behaves dependent on its overall purpose. In the main, the motivation for this research was the need to improve its data collection and information processing methods of the Oulu Business School. By employing a combination of Agile development methodologies and design science methodologies, it was possible to build a very clear concept of what was to be developed and how. Design science provided the foundational knowledge required to define the nature of the system while Agile provided the tools for creating the artefact in an efficient and effective manner. The artefact was created over a 5-month development period with 10 sprints, or iterations, in total. Overall, the project managed to achieve the majority of the goals that were set and produced a fully-fledged system which has entered full use by the Oulu Business School. Additionally, the success of the system has been such that Oulu Business School has continued developing OBSIC and is considering the possibility of offering the system to other accredited schools.
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