Deconstructing power within a strategic information system
Peszynski, Konrad J., Corbitt, Brian and Saundage, Dilal 2004, Deconstructing power within a strategic information system, in Proceedings, Australasian Conference on Information Systems : 15th annual ACIS Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, December 1-3, 2004, Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Hobart, Tas., pp. 1-9.
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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.
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