Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Tallon, William J.

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems


Geographical information systems can be used to increase organizations' operational efficiency. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of what a geographical information system is, what it can be used for, and what is needed to implement GIS technology within an organization. This paper is largely aimed at informing an organizational decision maker with information concerning implementing a geographic information system. This paper discusses many current examples of how organizations use geographical information systems as well as the future in the development and use of geographical information systems. Secondary sources were my main research method for this paper. I discovered that GIS technology is current playing a major role in the government and utility sectors. It was also discovered that GIS technology is growing rapidly in the education and business sectors.


Includes bibliographical references.


24 pages




Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Alt Title

Implementing GIS to increase organizations' operational efficiency

Media Type