ERIC Number: ED046436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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Persistent Problems in System Development.
Burrows, J. H.
Technological innovation in the form of the introduction of a formal information system represents change to the people within the organization. This paper (presented to California Educational Administrators participating in the Executive Information Systems program of Operation PEP--Prepare Educational Planners) is directed to those managers who initiate the introduction of a new system and are responsible for the successful assimilation of it into their organization. Such a change presents problems, which if not approached correctly, can negate any anticipated benefits. Problems of organization involve the top management, middle managers and the bottom of the organizational structure. As institutors of a new information system, the top-level managers must be certain that those below them feel and derive benefits as active participants in the system design, development and use. Problems of change and growth encompass: (1) changes in information flow and availability, (2) personnel growth, (3) applications, (4) cost, and (5) new employees. The problems resulting from the consideration of standards versus adaptability when contemplating a new information system must be settled by top management in light of the particular needs of their organization so that it will be flexible and workable. (SG)
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Sponsor: San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, Redwood City, CA.
Authoring Institution: Mitre Corp., Bedford, MA.