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Christopher J. Davis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Date Issued

2011-01-01

Date Available

2013-11-04

ISSN

1548-1859

Abstract

Although it is commonly assumed or hoped that information systems can be aligned or matched with organizational needs, notions of match, alignment and fit are poorly defined. Nor is the hoped for alignment apparently happening. We argue that it is not in general possible to state an organizational need and then proceed to match it with a suitable technical arrangement. We see needs and technology as co-emergent, and mediated through possibilities. Needs do influence technological development, but those developments, from the very beginning; open up new possibilities, which in turn begin to be re-articulated as needs. Further, technological developments are not purely needs driven, but may open up new organizational horizons, and so begin to generate needs autonomously. We illustrate our argument with a case study of the introduction of new biometric technology into a police department.

Comments

This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in the Business Journal for Entrepreneurs. Editorial and formatting changes may have been made to this version since it was submitted for publication. The final version was published in Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, 2011(3), 118-152.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Franklin Publishing Company

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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