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 approach to research the criteria that result in luck – or failure – within the production and ongoing administration of the overseas details structures (IIS) inside international firms. 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 at last lead to a great concept of IIS. there's additionally a better half web site that features a complete set of study notes so as to add an additional point of aspect. Grounded concept used to be constructed within the social sciences as a way of recording, examining, knowing after which absolutely explaining what used to be occurring inside a given social scenario - in order that theories might be constructed that have been firmly grounded in these circumstantial proof. the tactic is particularly well-suited to fixing info structures difficulties in any company atmosphere, not to mention in these events strange to multi-national enterprises.

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2 Theoretical Paradigms and Perspectives ‘Paradigm’ has many facets of meaning. A common definition is that it is ‘a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in 1 Schwandt (1994) uses the German terms in reference to Max Weber (1947), who first made this distinction with respect to the social sciences. 2 a, b, c… refers to endnotes. b Kuhn (1970) defines them similarly as ‘accepted examples of actual scientific practice…from which spring particular coherent traditions of scientific research’.

Detailed issues of international information systems design were taken up by Simon (1996) with the introduction of ‘control’ versus ‘co-ordination’ as determinants for the centre-subsidiary division in the configuration of information systems. His work builds on foundations already laid by Palvia’s (1995) distinction of a global versus a domestic dimension. This topic had also been 2 International Information Systems in the Literature 17 addressed by Apte et al. (1995), who re-affirmed that global systems have a local and a global component, corresponding to the dis-aggregation of the underlying information services of the multinational firm.

1995, p. 19) requirement of ‘mutuality of intensive interviewing and participant observation as the central techniques of naturalistic investigation’; The interviewees should be a mixture of active users of the IIS on the one hand and of the information systems people involved in the development and maintenance of the IIS on the other hand. 7 5 Mostly in the form of a demonstration of information systems or business operations features. 6 Denzin et al. (1994) canons for good interpretive/descriptive research.

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