The Department of Business Information Systems (BIS) at AUT consists of a small but dynamic group of academics who are passionate about research, teaching and contributing to academic scholarship in the discipline. We prepare students to become effective at managing people and technology in order to improve business process efficiency, decision-making, competitiveness and ultimately generate return on investments. Our papers prepare students for careers and roles that are high in demand in the current business environment, in particular in business analysis, business process and project management. Students completing our programmes will also have knowledge in the following areas which complement their careers: database management, enterprise systems management, information systems management and governance.
Business Information Systems is about the development, management and use of information and communication technologies. It focuses on managing the integration of people and information for business operations, efficiencies and maximising competitive advantage. With this major you will gain a strong understanding and the practical skills to make a valuable contribution to an organisation's information systems management.
The Master of Business Information Systems aims to produce graduates with hybrid business/IT competencies that will foster successful information systems professionals. These professionals will act as the “medium” between the business and IT domains in today’s enterprises; and be able to “walk-the-talk” in both business and IT. Their knowledge of a range of technologies and business requirements will enable them to effectively integrate solutions to support organisational objectives. While we will not train our graduates to have the technical mastery to implement a range of technologies, they will have sufficient understanding to manage these technologies within wider projects and understand the limitations and opportunities afforded by different systems.
Academic staff working in the area of Business Information Systems conduct research in a number of areas, including electronic collaboration, virtual communities, e-government, information technology adoption, e-business strategies, information systems implementation, information systems strategy/governance and online work systems. Our research is presented at international conferences and is published in edited books and international journals, such as the MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal, Information & Management, Electronic Markets, Organization Studies, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Information Technology for Development as well as in IEEE Transactions for Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions for Professional Communications, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing, Information Technology & People, Human IT and Telecommunications Policy.