Project #16481 - research paper

Paper Guidelines:  The research paper is due at the end of Week 7 by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET. Each student is to choose a company and write about the company selected. It will be graded for technical content and from a grammar perspective. The paper should be approximately 2,000 words in length. References need to be cited throughout the paper and in the reference section.  

Rubric

Item Instructions

Total Points

Grammar  

10 

Title/Table of Contents  

Introduction
  • Provide background information on the company selected for the project to include the website link, financial information (annual sales and profits for the last three years), stock exchange information (if applicable), etc.
  • Describe the company’s industry, products/services sold, customer base, and competitors

10

Company’s Organization and Management of Information Systems

  • Identify the types of information systems the company uses.  If information systems can’t be identified, search to identify systems used by their competitors or that can be purchased for use by the company 
  • Describe how information systems enhance the company's business processes [Refer to Chapter 1 and 2 in the text for discussions on business processes]
  • Suggest how the company has used information system(s) or any technology to achieve a competitive advantage.  [Refer to Chapter 3 in the text for discussions on using an information system to achieve competitive advantage]
  • Identify any ethical and/or social issues in the company’s use of information systems to manage its business

25

Company’s Information Technology Environment

  • Describe how the company may upgrade its information technology (IT) infrastructure from time to time [Business benefits and costs of this strategy are referred to in Chapter 5 in the text for discussions on IT infrastructure definition]
  • Based on what you have learned about the company so far, what is your assessment of their ability to effectively secure and protect customer information and privacy?

15 

Application of Information Systems to Managing the Company’s Business (15 points)
  • Based on your research and knowledge of the company’s products, services, customers, and markets, briefly describe the company’s supply chain.  [Refer to Chapter 9 in the textbook for discussions on supply chain management systems]
  • Describe some of the company’s e-commerce activities as you see them. [Refer to Chapter 10 in the textbook for discussions on electronic commerce and the Internet]

15

Conclusion
  • Briefly describe your overall assessment of why information systems are of value for this company

10 

References
  • A minimum of five references should be cited throughout the paper and referenced at the end of the paper in the References section

10 

Total  

100

 

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/12/2013 12:00 am
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