Accounting Information System Chapter 1 Essay
ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS: AN OVERVIEW
SUGGESTED ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
The value of information is the difference between the benefits realized from using that information and the costs of producing it. Would you, or any organization, ever produce information if its expected costs exceeded its benefits? If so, provide some examples. If not, why not?
Most organizations produce information only if its value exceeds its cost. However, there are two situations where information may be produced even if its cost exceeds its value.
a. It is often difficult to estimate accurately the value of information and the cost of producing it. Therefore, organizations may produce information that they expect will …show more content…
The author turns this question into an in-class group activity. Students are divided up in groups, told to close their books, and given 15 minutes to:
a. Think through the business processes, key decisions, and information needs issues in their group. b. Identify the external users of information and specify the information received from and sent to each of them.
One group is selected to present their answers to the class. The other groups are told to challenge the group’s answers, provide alternative answers, and chip in with additional answers not provided by the selected group. Since the group that presents is not selected until after the time has expired, students are motivated to do a good job, as they will be presenting to their peers.
The value of this activity is not in arriving at a “right answer” as there are many right answers and student answers will vary. Instead, it is in thinking through the issues presented in Table 1-2
(business processes, key decisions, and information needs) and Figure 1-1