Deconstructing power within a strategic information system

Peszynski, K, Corbitt, B and Saundage, D 2004, 'Deconstructing power within a strategic information system', in Elliot, Williams, Williams and Pollard (ed.) Proceedings, Australasian Conference on Information Systems : 15th annual ACIS Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 1-3 December 2004, pp. 1-9.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Deconstructing power within a strategic information system
Author(s) Peszynski, K
Corbitt, B
Saundage, D
Year 2004
Conference name 15th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 1-3 December 2004
Proceedings title Proceedings, Australasian Conference on Information Systems : 15th annual ACIS Conference
Editor(s) Elliot, Williams, Williams and Pollard
Publisher Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Place of publication Hobart,Tasmania
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Strategy is a political act, and yet that has received very little attention in IS strategy research. The purpose of this paper is to explore the mixes between politics, power and strategy using a case study of implementation of a Student Administration System. This takes Strategic Information Systems out of the realm of the purely socia-technical view of information systems and moves it into a dimension which deals with the real social interactions that occur within organisations as a result of the implementation of a strategy in the form of a Student Administration System. This case study shows the power struggles, primarily by two Senior Executives and the users of the information system. The discourse behind this project was initially to create uniformity across a system therefore enabling more than 30 universities around Australia to move from a diversified system to a centralized system. It was through this resistance and through their positions that the two Senior Executives were able to create the discourse that framed many of the decisions and implementation of the system. There eventually became an acceptance that it was for the social good of the University that the Student Administration System was adopted across the University of Australia.
Subjects Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Power
politics
strategy
information systems
organisations
Copyright notice © 2004, The Authors
ISBN 9781864876949
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