Three stage model of MIS planning

Brent Bowman, Gordon Davis, James Wetherbe

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Planning an information system that will meet the information needs of an organization is a difficult task. Thr process of formulating the plan is not well-defined in the information system literature. This article proposes a three-stage model for planning the Management Information System (MIS). The three stages are strategic MIS planning, organizational information requirements analysis, and resource allocation. This model clarifies many ill-defined issues of MIS planning. Several methodologies that have been proposed for MIS planning are surveyed and classified to the stage of the MIS planning model in which they are useful. Recommendations are made for applying the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-25
Number of pages15
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983

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  • MIS planning
  • information requirements determination
  • information system planning
  • information systems
  • organizational information requirements
  • resource allocation
  • strategic planning


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