Analysis of Differences between Management Information Systems and Decision Support Systems and the Psychological Types of Technology Professionals Attracted to Different Kinds of Systems

By Kathy S. Quinn.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper is an analysis of the primary distinctions between information and decision support functions of management information systems and decision support systems and examines how technology professionals might be attracted to focus their careers in different areas and find greater career satisfaction working with different types of systems based on psychological type as described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).* The MBTI recognizes 16 different personality types that are considered normal and emphasizes what is right with the personality whereas so many other instruments focus on what is wrong with the personality. The MBTI is widely used in business, management, education, career centers, and many other areas. This paper analyzes the work done by O’Brien and Marakas regarding the differences between management information systems and decision support systems and explores how technology professionals with different personality types as based on the MBTI might be attracted to and enjoy more career satisfaction by concentrating their professional careers on working with specific kinds of systems.(*The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Myers-Briggs, and MBTI are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust in the United States and other countries.)

Keywords: Technology, Decision Support Systems (DSS), Management Information Systems (MIS), Myers-briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Psychological Type and Information Technology (IT), Psychological Type and Decisions Support Systems (DSS), Psychological Type and Management Information Systems (MIS), Technology and Career Choice, Satisfaction in Technology Careers

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 867.073KB).

Dr. Kathy S. Quinn

Associate Professor, College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, Department of Business Administration, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, USA

Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina; M.S. E-Commerce, University of Maryland University College; M.Ed. Secondary Education Social Studies, University of South Carolina. Research interests: MIS, Decision Support/Expert Systems, E-Commerce, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), psychological type, diversity issues, learning styles, and technology.


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