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The reality of quality systems software : working for the machine, or smart people around the machine?
conference contributionposted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Megan Seen, N Beaumont, C Mingins, Anne Rouse
This case study-based research examines the outcomes of using quality system software (QSS) in terms of the support it provides to, and the constraints it imposes on, its users. The results indicate that QSS can help facilitate knowledge access and sharing, and to a lesser extent, facilitate communication. It can be an effective mechanism for initiating and managing changes to work processes. Although some writers have opined that information technology (IT) is another way of controlling workers, this was not evidenced in this study. Technical shortcomings did hamper performance of some tasks, and for some managers, extra work was involved.