Geographical Information Systems in Organizations


Analyze the organizational aspects of information systems and GIS in particular

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Pedro de Sousa Pereira Monteiro Julião


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




CAMPBELL H. and MASSER I., (1995), GIS in Organisations: How effective are GIS in practice? London: Taylor and Francis
GRIMSHAW D.J., (1994), Bringing Geographical Information Systems into Business. London: Longman
LONGLEY, P. A., GOODCHILD, M. F., MAGUIRE, D., & RHIND, D. W. (2010). Geographic Information Systems and Science (3 ed.). Chichester: John Wiley &Sons.
TOMLINSON, Roger (2005) Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers, ESRI Press, Redlands
Material de referência da disciplina disponibilizado na plataforma

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based on reading materials and online classes through the e-learning platform

Evaluation method

  • Test (20%)
  • Practical work (80%)

Subject matter

LU1. From Technocentric to Socio-Technical Computing

  1. The technological imperative and the fetishism of the product
  2. From technology push to demand pull
  3. Computer scientists or information specialists?

LU2. Information Systems (IS) in Organisations

  1. The generic benefits of Information Systems
  2. The roles of IS in organisations
  3. Developing an Information Strategy
  4. Tools for strategic thinking

LU3. GIS Development Methodologies

  1. What is an IS development methodology?
  2. A composite GIS development methodology
  3. Critique of the methodology
  4. Alternative Methodologies
  5. How to choose a methodology?
  6. Soft Systems Approach

LU4. Organisations, People, GIS and Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI)

  1. Impact of Corporate Cultures on GIS Implementation
  2. The impact of people on GIS projects
  3. The impact of GIS on organisations and on people
  4. SDI