Information Technology In Business

Information Technology In Business
Project: Technology In Business

This is a research project that provides you with the opportunity to explore information technology and its application within an organization (for-profit or not-for-profit business, government, or military). General areas of technology include computers (desktop to supercomputers), mobile devices and associated apps, networking technology (including wireless communications), and software applications. You could also look at technology enabled practices, and their implications to business. Relevant topics include social networking, blogging, and data analytics. You may need to further refine (expand or focus) your initial topic area. The general idea of your research is to study a topic that is focused on the application of information technology, rather than the technology itself.

Part I – Topic:
Your focus can be on a particular organization, industry, or technology. In each case, consider important questions you want to explore. In regard to an organization, these may include:
• How does this organization utilize technology to be an industry leader?
• How does this organization utilize technology that will position it to be an industry leader in the future?
• How does this organization utilize technology to be a model of best-practices outside its industry?

Related to a particular industry, important questions may include:
• How does this industry utilize technology that has revolutionized how business is done?
• How does this industry utilize technology to be a model of best-practices outside its industry?

For a particular information technology (hardware or software), important questions may include:
• How is this technology a “game-changer”? And for which particular organization or industry?
• What is the organizational benefit to using this particular technology?
• What is the downside/cost (monetary and non-monetary) of using this particular technology?
• What is the potential application of using this particular technology in the future?
Part II – Outline:
After selecting the area of research, complete the following using Microsoft Word:
1. Write an effective title for your paper that reflects the subject matter and its business context.
2. Develop an outline for your paper, with headings similar to the following:
• Name
• Title
• Introduction
• Discussion
• Conclusions
• References
Part III – Draft:
Using your outline above as a guide, develop a rough draft of your paper.
1. Write an Introduction that includes what you are researching, why it is important, and to whom is it important (basically, what is it, why does it matter, and who cares?). Again, consider some important questions as described in Part I above.
2. Find at least two articles on your selected topic and summarize them in a Discussion section. Sources you may use include magazines, conference proceedings, and trade journals, including the CIO magazine, New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, etc. You should demonstrate your understanding of class materials by synthesizing concepts from the class. Also, where possible, incorporate knowledge gained from your classes in your major in your discussion.
3. Write a conclusion, which should relate back to your introduction: include a restatement of what you have researched, why it is important, and to whom. Also consider including areas for further study. And as with your Discussion, you should demonstrate your understanding of class materials by synthesizing concepts from the class. Include any relevant references to the components of an information system (hardware, software, data/databases, people, procedures, and networks).

Part IV – Final:
Develop your final paper, using your rough draft as a starting point.

Part V – The Technical Stuff:
Your final paper must be approximately 1,200 words (4-5 double-spaced pages with 1” margins at 12-point font size format). Points will be deducted for any paper that is 100 or more words less than 1,200. Use APA-style for references. In-text citations should be in the format (Author, year). If the author is not available, then (Title, year) can be used. Your reference list should use the following APA-style citations:
• For a Web site:
LastName, FirstInitial. (year). Title of document. Retrieval data… Retrieved from http://…
• For a printed article:
Last Name, First Initial. (year). Title of document. Publication Name. Volume #, starting-ending page.
• For a printed book:
Last Name, First Initial. (year). Title of book. Publisher’s City, Country: Publisher Name.
• For citing other types of sources, see www.apa.org, then click on the APA Style link under Quick Links on the left side of the page.
The following documents should be submitted through the Project assignment link on Canvas:
1. Your research topic (MS Word file) Fri, May 21
2. An outline of your paper (MS Word file) Fri, Jul 4
3. A rough draft of your paper, including a reference page (MS Word file) Fri, Jun 19
Final paper (MS Word file)

QUICK QUOTE

Approximately 250 words