Management Information System (MIS) Models

A model is an abstraction of something it represents (some phenomenon), called an entity. For example, if a model represents a firm, then the firm is an entity.

**Types of Models:**

**Physical Models:**

It is a model that exists in three-dimensional form. For example, clay model of a new automobile developed by designers.**Narrative Models:**

It is created by verbal or written description. Also, these can be created anywhere without much resources hence they are most popular.**Graphs:**

It is usually a two-dimensional diagram. For example, graphs and charts.**Mathematical Models:**

It uses symbolic notations and mathematical equations to represent a system. It can be represented by 3-D also. Following are the types of mathematical models:

**(a). Influence of Time:**

Static Model does not include time as a variable whereas, Dynamic Model allows the changes of system attributes to be derived as a function of time.**(b). Degree of Certainty:**

A probability is a chance of occurring something will happen.Probabilities ranges from 0 to 1. A model that includes probabilities is called Probabilistic model, otherwise it is called a Deterministic model.**(c). Ability to Achieve Optimization:**

Optimizing Model selects the best solution among the alternatives.A SUB-OPTIMIZING MODEL permits the manager to enter a set of decisions, once this step is completed the model will project an outcome. It leaves the decision task on the manager.

**Steps of Model Construction:**

- Define the problem and the factor that influence it.
- Select criteria to guide the decision and establish objectives.
- Formulate a model that helps management to understand the relationships between the influence factors and the objectives the firm is trying to achieve.
- Collect the relevant data while trying to avoid the incorporation of superfluous information into the model.
- Identify and evaluate the alternatives.
- Select the best alternative.
- Implement the alternative.

The below shown figure is an model of Management Information System (MIS).

**Components of MIS Model:**

**Organizational Problem Solvers:**

Outputs are used by persons who are responsible for solving the firm’s problems(say managers).**Database:**

It’s contents are used by software that produces report as well as mathematical model.**Mathematical Model:**

It produces information as a simulation of firm’s operation.**Report Writing Software:**

It produces both periodic and special report.**Environment:**

The environment is of great importance to the firm. It is the very reason of the firm’s existence.

**Advantages:**

- Can be a learning experience.
- Provides predictive power.
- Less expensive than trial and error method.
- Speed allows consideration of more options.

**Disadvantages:**

- Difficult to model a business system.
- High degree of mathematical skills required.