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Identifying Critical Success Factors: The Case Of Erp Systems In Higher Education, Billy Mathias BM Kalema Dr, Oludayo O. Olugbara Prof, Ray M. Kekwaletswe Prof 2014 Kennesaw State University

Identifying Critical Success Factors: The Case Of Erp Systems In Higher Education, Billy Mathias Bm Kalema Dr, Oludayo O. Olugbara Prof, Ray M. Kekwaletswe Prof

The African Journal of Information Systems

This paper reports on a study that uses a combination of techniques to formally characterize and determine the critical success factors influencing the effective usage of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, with special reference to higher education institutions. The thirty-seven ERP success factors identified from the literature are classified into: Critical, Active, Reactive and Inert categories. The classification of decision factors can generally support organizations to explore their current challenges and to adequately prepare decisions in a more participatory way for future endeavors. This study suggests a possible alternative that decision makers should take when a factor or a set ...


Potentially Valuable Overlaps Between Work System Theory, Demo, And Enterprise Engineering, Steven Alter 2014 University of San Francisco

Potentially Valuable Overlaps Between Work System Theory, Demo, And Enterprise Engineering, Steven Alter

Steven Alter

This paper explores how work system theory (WST) and related core ideas in various versions of the work system method (WSM) overlap with enterprise engineering and with the DEMO methodology. Based on the definition of work system, an enterprise can be viewed as a set of interacting work systems. A work system can be summarized at various levels of detail. The simplest level is basically a verb phrase. The next level is a “work system snapshot.” More detailed descriptions are based on a work system metamodel.

This paper’s contribution is in two areas, 1) establishing links between WST/WSM ...


Knowledge-Supported Design Thinking About Systems In Organizations: An Application Of Work System Theory, Steven Alter 2014 University of San Francisco

Knowledge-Supported Design Thinking About Systems In Organizations: An Application Of Work System Theory, Steven Alter

Steven Alter

This paper explains a type of knowledge-supported design thinking related to systems in organizations. It shows how work system theory (WST) provides the basis for the work system method (WSM), various versions of which have been used by many hundreds of MBA and Executive MBA students. Design thinking occurs throughout WSM and is especially prominent at the point where WST/WSM users apply their analysis and develop recommendations for improving an existing work system or creating a new work system. Knowledge support for that design thinking has been provided through the knowledge built into WSM, and can be provided in ...


Canaries In The Urban Data Mine: Analytics For Smarter City Life, Robert John Kauffman 2014 Singapore Management University

Canaries In The Urban Data Mine: Analytics For Smarter City Life, Robert John Kauffman

Research Collection School Of Information Systems

Technology-based sensors and data analytics have created unprecendented levels of informedness for consumers, corporations, the public and government agencies. The information they generated provides a basis for smarter cities and more sustainable urban living.


Structures And Relationships Between The Business Executive And Information Technology Executive At The University: A Mixed Methods Study, Angela K. Hollman 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Structures And Relationships Between The Business Executive And Information Technology Executive At The University: A Mixed Methods Study, Angela K. Hollman

Open Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

This study uses an explanatory mixed methods methodology to attempt to determine the reporting relationships between business and IT executives within the university. The study also explores IT and business executives thoughts on these relationships. Supporting research from organizational studies and business-IT alignmfent is combined in order to enhance the study. In the first quantitative phase, an exploratory factor analysis is used to determine organizational dimension factors while simple response and frequency analysis are used to model the top occurring organizational structures between IT and business executives. The second qualitative phase used semi-structured interviews with 12 random CIOs and CFOs ...


Elearning Cost Analysis Of On-Premise Versus Cloud-Hosted Implementation In Sub-Saharan Countries, Joel Samson Mtebe, Roope Raisamo 2014 Kennesaw State University

Elearning Cost Analysis Of On-Premise Versus Cloud-Hosted Implementation In Sub-Saharan Countries, Joel Samson Mtebe, Roope Raisamo

The African Journal of Information Systems

The cost of acquiring, managing, and maintaining ICT infrastructure is one of the main factors that hinder educational institutions in Sub-Saharan countries to adopt and implement eLearning. Recently, cloud computing has emerged as a new computing paradigm for delivering cost effective computing services that can be used to harness eLearning. However, the adoption of cloud computing in higher education in Sub-Saharan countries is very low. Although there are many factors that may influence educational institutions to adopt cloud services, cost effectiveness is often a key factor. Far too little is known on how much the use of cloud computing can ...


Barriers To Open Source Erp Adoption In South Africa, Leo Tome Mr, Kevin Allan Johnston Prof, Alison Meadows Mrs, Mphatso Nyemba-Mudenda Ms 2014 Kennesaw State University

Barriers To Open Source Erp Adoption In South Africa, Leo Tome Mr, Kevin Allan Johnston Prof, Alison Meadows Mrs, Mphatso Nyemba-Mudenda Ms

The African Journal of Information Systems

Organizations in South Africa (SA) and other economically developing countries are not maximizing the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. While the costs associated with an ERP system implementation have always been a major factor to many organizations, Open Source Software (OSS) ERP systems are available offering the benefits of an ERP system at a reduced cost to organizations. This paper investigates the adoption factors of Open Source Software Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in economically developing countries by focusing on South African organizations. Using online surveys and a focus group discussion, this empirical study found that knowledge barriers, the ...


Consumer Identity Theft Prevention And Identity Fraud Detection Behaviours: An Application Of The Theories Of Planned Behaviour And Protection Motivation, John A. Gilbert 2014 McMaster University

Consumer Identity Theft Prevention And Identity Fraud Detection Behaviours: An Application Of The Theories Of Planned Behaviour And Protection Motivation, John A. Gilbert

Open Access Dissertations and Theses

Consumer behaviour has and may increasingly have a vital role to play in protecting personal data. Understanding the behaviours of consumers in preventing identity theft and detecting identity fraud is therefore key to creating programs that minimize exposure and potential loss. In this study, based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and Protection Motivation Theory (PMT), an exploratory study elicited salient beliefs about identity theft prevention and detection behaviours. These beliefs were then used to create a survey to measure the strength of the salient beliefs, attitudes, intentions and behaviours, which was administered online and produced 351 valid responses ...


Social Media Assimilation In Firms: Investigating The Roles Of Absorptive Capacity And Institutional Pressures, Pratyush Bharati, Chen Zhang, Abhijit Chaudhury 2014 University of Massachusetts Boston

Social Media Assimilation In Firms: Investigating The Roles Of Absorptive Capacity And Institutional Pressures, Pratyush Bharati, Chen Zhang, Abhijit Chaudhury

Pratyush Bharati

Firms are increasingly employing social media to manage relationships with partner organizations, yet the role of institutional pressures in social media assimilation has not been studied. We investigate social media assimilation in firms using a model that combines the two theoretical streams of IT adoption: organizational innovation and institutional theory. The study uses a composite view of absorptive capacity that includes both previous experience with similar technology and the general ability to learn and exploit new technologies. We find that institutional pressures are an important antecedent to absorptive capacity, an important measure of organizational learning capability. The paper augments theory ...


A Model To Support It Infrastructure Planning And The Allocation Of It Governance Authority, Steven M. Thompson, Peter Ekman, Daniel Selby, Jonathan W. Whitaker 2014 University of Richmond

A Model To Support It Infrastructure Planning And The Allocation Of It Governance Authority, Steven M. Thompson, Peter Ekman, Daniel Selby, Jonathan W. Whitaker

Management Faculty Publications

Information technology (IT) requires a significant investment, involving up to 10.5% of revenue for some firms. Managers responsible for aligning IT investments with their firm's strategy seek to minimize technology costs, while ensuring that the IT infrastructure can accommodate increasing utilization, new software applications, and modifications to existing software applications. It becomes more challenging to align IT infrastructure and IT investments with firm strategy when firms operate in multiple geographic markets, because the firm faces different competitive positions and unique challenges in each market.

We discussed these challenges with IT executives at four Forbes Global 2000 firms headquartered ...


Learning Emergent Strategies Through Design Thinking, Sebastian K. Fixson, Jay Rao 2014 Babson College

Learning Emergent Strategies Through Design Thinking, Sebastian K. Fixson, Jay Rao

Technology, Operations & Information Management Working Papers

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Cash Flow Management And Manufacturing Firm Financial Performance: A Longitudinal Perspective, James R. Kroes, Andrew S. Manikas 2014 Boise State University

Cash Flow Management And Manufacturing Firm Financial Performance: A Longitudinal Perspective, James R. Kroes, Andrew S. Manikas

IT and Supply Chain Management Faculty Publications and Presentations

A firm's cash flow policies, which manage working capital in the form of cash receivables from customers, inventory holdings, and cash payments to suppliers, are inexorably linked to the firm's operations. Building on earlier research, this study: (i) extends prior studies by examining the relationships between changes in cash flow measures and changes in firm financial performance using a longitudinal sample of firm data; and (ii) investigates the direction of the relationship between quarterly changes in cash flow positions and firm financial performance. This study is conducted using the Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) methodology to analyze a longitudinal ...


Regional Infrastructure Department Implementation Plan: Prepared For The Towns Of Wenham And Hamilton, Massachusetts And The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, University of Massachusetts Boston 2014 University of Massachusetts Boston

Regional Infrastructure Department Implementation Plan: Prepared For The Towns Of Wenham And Hamilton, Massachusetts And The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center For Public Management, University Of Massachusetts Boston

Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management Publications

The purpose of this Organizational Assessment is to: a) quantify the resources needed to establish a new regional public works department; b) assess whether those resources are available or could be made available; c) prepare a recommendation of those functions to be merged; and d) make recommendations on an organizational structure and governance process.


How Foss Replaced Proprietary Software At A University: An Improvisation Perspective In A Low-Income Country, John Effah, Gideon Abbeyquaye 2014 Kennesaw State University

How Foss Replaced Proprietary Software At A University: An Improvisation Perspective In A Low-Income Country, John Effah, Gideon Abbeyquaye

The African Journal of Information Systems

The purpose of this study is to understand the rationale for and the process of replacing an imported proprietary higher education management software with a locally developed free and open source software (FOSS). Information Systems (IS) research on FOSS and higher education in low-income countries has focused more on teaching and learning. Less attention has thus been paid to the area of management and administration. Also, low-income country IS research on technology transfer has focused more on applications from the high-income world. Less research therefore exists on transfers between low-income countries. To address these research gaps, this study employs improvisation ...


Extending And Accelerating Global Business-Education Partnerships, Dylan Kissane, John Farrell 2014 SelectedWorks

Extending And Accelerating Global Business-Education Partnerships, Dylan Kissane, John Farrell

Dylan Kissane

Senior management in contemporary graduate business education must respond are the trends that are leaving a marked impact on the traditional business models of business schools. Key stakeholders in the business education ecosystem, including the students, the corporate employers and the business schools themselves, demand more of graduate education in order that their respective careers flourish, future employees have the requisite skills and experience, and business education institutions survive. Yet as in any system, survival is but a minimum requirement; successful programs seek not only to survive but to thrive, embracing the change that these three trends place on graduate ...


Liquid Collaboration, Dariusz Jemielniak, Tomasz Raburski 2014 SelectedWorks

Liquid Collaboration, Dariusz Jemielniak, Tomasz Raburski

Dariusz Jemielniak

In the chapter present the results of an analysis of the social organization of Wikipedia, the largest collaborative movement of humankind, based on the theoretical framework offered by Zygmunt Bauman. The development of info-communal approach is possible as a result of what we propose to call “liquid collaboration”, relying on short-term fragile interactions, non-personal and transient cooperation, all directly related to virtual and liquid identities. As hypothesized by Bauman, this mode of work and social interaction is also marked with peer control and organizational surveillance. MThrough Bauman’s conception of the moral social being, as well as free information movement ...


A Quality Approach To Tacit Knowledge Capture: Effective Practice To Achieving Operational Excellence, William G. Dzekashu, Walter R. McCollum PhD 2014 Walden University

A Quality Approach To Tacit Knowledge Capture: Effective Practice To Achieving Operational Excellence, William G. Dzekashu, Walter R. Mccollum Phd

International Journal of Applied Management and Technology

Knowledge loss resulting from an aging workforce continues to be a management nightmare that has obliged many organizational leaders to develop strategies aimed at documenting mission-critical knowledge. Yet knowledge captured and stored in repositories continues to lack quality. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of integrating quality management into the tacit knowledge capture process. Further studies on the effects of personality in the knowledge capture processes could lead to insights on reasons for diminished knowledge quality. From a social perspective, the implementation of a model that encompasses personality and quality management could improve decision-making processes.


The Nature Of Project Success, Michael J. Cuellar 2013 Georgia Southern University

The Nature Of Project Success, Michael J. Cuellar

Michael J. Cuellar

This paper investigates the ontological status of project success. The literature shows that success has historically been considered to be an objective property of a project, one that can be assessed and the status of the project as a success or failure determined. However, this approach is shown to have serious deficiencies in dealing with certain project results. As an alternative, this paper suggests that following the subjective view of project success; success should be considered as a politically determined social construction. The paper advocates using Archer’s Morphogenetic Social Theory (Archer 1995; Cuellar 2010b) to explanatory mechanism. Under that ...


Big Data, Predictive Analytics, And Data Visualization In The Construction Engineering, Joseph Shrestha 2013 Iowa State University

Big Data, Predictive Analytics, And Data Visualization In The Construction Engineering, Joseph Shrestha

Joseph Shrestha

The term “big data” is associated with one or more of the four characteristics: volume, variety, and velocity. The technologies associated with the big data has already been proven in other sectors. Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Netflix, etc. uses big data collected from their users to present advertisements, friend recommendations, and TV shows and movies relevant to the specific user. Big data is also used for insurance fraud detection, improving bus system by reducing congestion, predictive flight arrival time, weather forecast, and genomic analysis.

For the construction industry, volume and variety becomes particularly relevant. From project planning to the ...


A Review Of Communication Tools And Techniques For Successful Ict Projects, Ernest Mnkandla 2013 Kennesaw State University

A Review Of Communication Tools And Techniques For Successful Ict Projects, Ernest Mnkandla

The African Journal of Information Systems

Practitioners have repeatedly mentioned that projects that lack effective communication are doomed to fail. Project communications management involves the generation, collection, and storage of information within a project. Project communication therefore provides vital ingredients for the go-no-go decisions in a project through the effective selection of the minimum essential things that can be done to share the collected information among the stakeholders. A fast growing way to manage software development projects is agile project management, whose focus is balancing between continuous releases of quality deliverables and frequently sharing project progress information. In this editorial, we advocate for research on the ...


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