Accounting information analysis and design in a small business environment : a research report presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Studies at Massey University
The computerisation of small businesses has been a topical issue as the cost of hardware and software has declined. Many small business operators are reluctant to computerise their accounting and information systems because of the perceived complexity of the transfer. The object of this project is to document the problems that occur when a small business converts from a manual to a computerised system, and the advantages to be gained by computerisation. The research project will analyse the manual accounting and information system of a small business with the intention of designing a computerised accounting system. In the process the two systems will be evaluated as a mode for comparing practical advantages and disadvantages. The penetration of microcomputers into the small business environment has been rapid in the last few years. In response to this growth many software venders are producing packages to accommodate the growth in this sector.