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ERIC Number: ED387089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Organizational Leadership through Information Technology.
Anderson, John A.
The role of information technology (IT) is changing, and is becoming more important for the overall success of colleges today. The structure of IT has not changed much through the years, but a greater amount of institutions exist where multiple areas of technology are being merged back into a single IT organization. The model of IT explored in this paper has the three major components of hardware, software, and personnel. These basic resources are the core of IT, with communication as the gravity that holds everything together and enables all functionality. Communication technology is growing rapidly, and is the largest contributor to the changes in IT. Surrounding the trio of resources are the structural layers of organization, management, planning, policy, and procedure. The internal and external forces that are always trying to alter or deteriorate the structure which keeps IT operational, efficient, and self-sufficient complete this IT paradigm. Some of these forces are: executive management; innovations in hardware/software/communication, government and other intervention, user demand; obsolescence; and image and attitudes. Insight is provided into each of these components of IT. It is concluded that the most important factor is the acceptance by the entire college community of IT as a group of professionals devoted to the technological health of the whole institution. It is the IT organization's responsibility to be as knowledgeable as possible about current technologies, demonstrate an image of professionalism, and encourage the use of technology as the most important tool for faculty, staff, and students. (Contains seven references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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