Information Systems for Business

Information Systems for Business

An Experiential Approach

Edition 5.0 | Copyright 2025 | Publication Date: May 2024

France Bélanger, Virginia Tech
Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University

Overview


Information Systems for Business takes an experiential approach, particularly through the use of learning activities interspersed throughout the book. This pedagogical design facilitates active learning, critical thinking, and retention. It also provides students the tools and basic knowledge they will need to continually figure out how new technologies are going to fit into their lives. Edition 5.0 has been updated throughout to explore the growing impact of AI for Information Systems and for business in general.

The experiential approach can be highly enjoyable for both students and instructors. This textbook is highly appropriate for innovative teaching modalities such as flipped classrooms and online learning as well as for traditional classrooms. 

Edition 5.0 explores the numerous impacts of AI on business.

Features


Maintain student engagement
Concise, focused chapters help students stay engaged.

Encourage active learning and critical thinking
Activities provided for each topic deepen students' connection and provide a springboard for critical thought and classroom discussion.

Enhance retention
End-of-chapter materials reinforce declarative knowledge; stimulate reflection; and challenge students to synthesize their knowledge by relating concepts to each other.

Appropriate for Innovative Teaching Modalities
Ideal for flipped classrooms, online courses, and traditional classrooms.

Detailed Instructor Manual
The extensive instructor manual provides detailed instructions and further suggestions for how to design a learner-centered approach in your course.



For Edition 5.0


Explore the numerous impacts of AI
The textbook has been purposefully updated throughout to cover the wide range of ways AI is having an impact including among others in robotic process automation, cybersecurity, enterprise resource planning (ERP), e-business, and creating a competitive advantage. Numerous AI cases and learning activities have been added to stimulate thinking and raise questions to prepare students for current and future AI-related challenges.

Comprehensively updated
Statistics and links have been updated. Many examples and hands-on activities have been replaced to maintain relevance.

 

Table of Contents


Detailed Table of Contents PDF

 

Chapter 1: The Value of Information

Chapter 2: Introduction to Information Systems

Chapter 3: Storing and Organizing Information

Chapter 4: Analyzing Information for Business Decision-Making

Chapter 5: Information and Knowledge for Business Decision-Making

Chapter 6: Transmitting Information

Chapter 7: Securing Information

Chapter 8: Protecting the Confidentiality and Privacy of Information

Chapter 9: Developing Information Systems

Chapter 10: Information-Based Business Processes

Chapter 11: Enterprise Information Systems

Chapter 12: Information for Electronic Business

 

Appendix A: Computer Hardware

Appendix B: Computer Software

Appendix C: Access Fundamentals

Appendix D: Advanced Access

Appendix E: Advanced Database Concepts

Appendix F: Excel Fundamentals

Appendix G: Advanced Excel

Appendix H: Networking Basics

Appendix I: Security and Privacy

Appendix J: Funding Information Technology

Appendix K: Managing IS Projects

Appendix L: Evaluating Information

About the Authors


Dr. France Bélanger is University Distinguished Professor, R. B. Pamplin Professor, and Tom and Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. She is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. Dr. Bélanger has been teaching information systems (IS) for more than 30 years in the United States, as well as in Canada, Ethiopia, Portugal, and New Zealand. She has published several books and articles on IS education-related topics, including a highly cited book on distance learning. She has won several international awards. Dr. Bélanger is a proponent of learner-centered approaches to IS education and has developed a number of tools and materials to facilitate such learning. She has taught online and face-to-face classes for undergraduate, graduate, professional, and executive students, in addition to PhD students. She has led numerous workshops related to education, learner-centered teaching, and mentoring. In 2022, she co-launched an outreach program called “Voices of Privacy” to educate society about information privacy issues and solutions.

France Bélanger

Dr. Craig Van Slyke is the Mike McCallister Eminent Scholar Chair in Computer Information Systems at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining Louisiana Tech, he was dean and professor of computer information systems at the W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Van Slyke has more than 20 years of university teaching experience, primarily in the area of information systems. He has published extensively on information systems education and has coauthored four IS textbooks. Dr. Van Slyke has held leadership positions in the Southern Association for Information Systems and the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Education. In 2024, he launched a new initiative, “AI Goes to College,” a podcast and newsletter devoted to helping higher education professionals navigate the changes brought on by generative artificial intelligence.

Craig Van Slyke

Dr. Robert E. Crossler is the Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professor in Information Systems and the Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship Department Chair at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Dr. Crossler has more than 15 years of university teaching experience, primarily in information systems. He has published on information systems education and facilitated innovative teaching workshops. In addition, he has applied the principles of learner-centered education to a variety of courses, including the Computer Concepts course for freshman, the Introduction to IS course for juniors and seniors, the Core IT course for MBA students, database courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels, and information security courses at the undergraduate level.

Robert E. Crossler

Instructor Resources


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Student Resources


Appendices for Edition 5.0

CLICK HERE to download a .pdf file of Appendices A-K. 

Note: The appendices are included in the eTextbook version. The above version is available to students who have print editions. 

 

Video Tutorials for Appendix F

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Excel Fundamental Videos


Editing and Formatting Excel Videos


Functions and Formulas Videos


Charts Videos


Printing Video

 

Previous Editions


Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach

Information Systems for Business

An Experiential Approach

France Bélanger, Virginia Tech
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University
Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University

Edition 4.0
Copyright 2022
Publication date: May 12, 2021

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Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach

Information Systems for Business

An Experiential Approach

France Bélanger, Virginia Tech
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University
Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University

Edition 3.1
Copyright 2020
Publication date: January 15, 2020

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Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach

Information Systems for Business

An Experiential Approach

France Bélanger, Virginia Tech
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University
Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University

Edition 3.0
Copyright 2019
Publication date: April 16, 2018

View Previous Edition

 

Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach

Information Systems for Business

An Experiential Approach

France Bélanger, Virginia Tech
Robert E. Crossler, Washington State University
Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University

Edition 2.1
Copyright 2016
Publication date: June 20, 2016

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