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Information systems outsourcing and organisational structure

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dc.contributor.editor Ram, Vevek 2019-05-14T12:47:52Z 2019-05-14T12:47:52Z 1996
dc.identifier.citation Hart, ML., Vavatzanidis, K. (1996) Information systems outsourcing and organisational structure. Industry Meets Academia: Proceedings of the 1996 National Research and Development Conference, The South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists, Interaction Conference Centre, University of Natal, Durban, 26 & 27 September, hosted by The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, edited by Vevek Ram, (ISBN 0-620-20568-7). en
dc.identifier.isbn 0-620-20568-7
dc.description.abstract A decision of increasing importance to many organisations is whether to use internal or outside resources, assistance and expertise to address information technology and information systems requirements. This decision may be affected by many considerations, including cost, corporate culture and business strategy. The structure of the organisation represents the embodiment of a number of components. These include size, industry group, culture, degree of centralization and internal control, and structure of the information systems function. It might seem logical therefore that the business environment of an organization, as represented at a high-level by its structure, should affect the decisions of those responsible for the control of information systems and technology. Are certain types of organisations more likely to use outsourcing to fulfil their information technology and systems needs? This paper first summarises some of the research into outsourcing, and outlines the characteristics and structures of various organizational types. It then describes a survey on these topics carried out on a sample of organisations from various industry sectors. Certain relationships were found to exist between the practice of information systems outsourcing and both organisation structure and industry group. The paper discusses some of the main findings. en
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dc.title Information systems outsourcing and organisational structure en
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