Accession Number : ADA190260

Title :   Automation and Management: An Inquiry into Change.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Ross, Myron E

PDF Url : ADA190260

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 82

Abstract : The purpose of this research effort was to discover what factors influence managers to make changes to their information systems. It was also a search for a framework which could integrate those factors. It was hoped that an integrative framework, if found, could aid managers in identifying the need for change. In addition, such a framework should also provide a guide in the change process. The actual process of making change was not addressed because it appears to be adequately covered in the literature. About 328 individual factors were uncovered in the sample of literature. These factors were then classified according to a taxonomy adapted from the work of Kwon and Zmud. Then an integrative framework was identified from the work of Nadler and Tushman. The overwhelming factor influencing information systems change is called relative advantage. The other less frequently cited factors include environmental uncertainty, environmental competition, technological compatibility, task uncertainty, and feedback. This research clearly shows that information systems change is not necessarily a trivial or isolated accomplishment. Because so many factors are involved, managing corporate information systems must include much more circumspection than would be used in replacing worn out latches or punch presses.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *MODIFICATION, COMPATIBILITY, CORPORATIONS, SUPERVISORS, TAXONOMY

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE