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The Dynamics of International Information Systems: Anatomy by Hans Lehmann

By Hans Lehmann

With this new monograph, Hans Lehmann demonstrates the efficacy of utilizing the Grounded idea technique to examine the criteria that result in luck – or failure – within the production and ongoing administration of the foreign details platforms (IIS) inside of international organisations. He offers 3 situations of enormous transnational businesses he labored with during this learn and describes intimately the stairs within the research of findings and the incremental conceptualization that eventually lead to a sizeable concept of IIS. there's additionally a significant other site that includes a complete set of research notes so as to add an extra point of aspect. Grounded concept was once built within the social sciences as a way of recording, interpreting, realizing after which absolutely explaining what used to be occurring inside of a given social state of affairs - in order that theories will be constructed that have been firmly grounded in these circumstantial evidence. the tactic is particularly well-suited to fixing info platforms difficulties in any company environment, not to mention in these events extraordinary to multi-national enterprises.

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The main object of the ‘inference’ part of the study is thus to build new theory, not to test or extend an existing one. There are two components to the ‘theory’ this study sets out to build: 1. Firstly, the ‘factors’ that shape an IIS; they need to be distilled from the descriptive material assembled during the fact finding; 2. Secondly, the ‘interactions’ between them need to be examined to establish how the factors ‘shape’ the IIS. This sequence of investigative progression means that the variables elicited in the first instance will be strongly emic and idiographic in make-up, and their meaning will be limited to the immediate, local, substantive environment of the case their descriptions came from.

What is the nature and interaction of the specific factors that shape an international information system such that it is acceptable to its users? Inability to cope with diversity is often caused by the rigidity of the structure and functionality of a proposed IIS. This rigidity is a main reason for failure – either political or technical, and often both. e. the answers to question 1, could significantly contribute to eliminating this failure factor. Answers to question 1 have a dual purpose: they firstly establish the causes and determinants for those structural/functional differences.

This migration does not necessarily follow a set pattern of clear stages, nor does it move synchronously in all locations, or with all products, at the same pace. 2 below shows this migration. Butler Cox (1991) also developed a model of IIS where there is a direct, oneto-one relationship between Bartlett and Ghoshal’s global business strategies and these systems architectures. e. multiple copies of one central system; ‘Autonomous’, local systems; ‘Integrated’ systems, developed at local and central sites.

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