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Organisational Aspects of Information Systems Design

  • L. E. Davis
  • J. P. Duberley
  • S. A. Blenkinsop
  • N. D. Burns
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Summary

It essential that an organisation’s activities fit together in order to achieve the company goals and to avoid conflict between different work units. Configurations bring many factors together, permitting an holistic view to be taken and hence aid the selection of appropriate subsystems demonstrating how these should be aligned. It is also essential that the organisation arranges its activities so that they can operate efficiently (differentiation) and effectively to the good of the whole organisation (integration). A methodology is described that uses a configuration approach to benchmark organisations at an organisational (macro) and departmental (micro) level and highlights issues in the design of information systems from an organisational stand-point.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Davis
    • 1
  • J. P. Duberley
    • 1
  • S. A. Blenkinsop
    • 1
  • N. D. Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Loughborough University of TechnologyUK

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