management information system

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An information system designed to provide financial and quantitative information to all the levels of management in an organization. Modern management information systems provide the data from an integrated computer database, which is constantly updated from all areas of the organization in a structured way. Access to the data is usually restricted to the areas regarded as useful to particular managers, and access to confidential information is limited to top management. An MIS should run parallel to the configuration of the physical and organizational structures. The systematic application of information technology has enabled MIS to drive these structures (see business technology management). See also decision support system.

Subjects: Business and Management — Computing.

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