Two Computer Systems in Victorian Schools and the Actors and Networks Involved in their Implementation and Use

Two Computer Systems in Victorian Schools and the Actors and Networks Involved in their Implementation and Use

Bill Davey (School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia) and Arthur Tatnall (Department of Information Systems, College of Business, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/jantti.2013070104
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Abstract

As in Australia school education is the responsibility of State Governments, this article will consider two computer systems in the Australian State of Victoria. The article takes a socio-technical stance to examine two computer systems currently in use in schools in Victoria: CASES21 and the Ultranet. After describing these systems, the article makes use of actor-network theory to explore the actors involved in their creation, development, implementation and use (or in one case non-use), and the networks they established in doing so. It looks at the associations involving both the human and non-human actors and how these contributed to successful adoption and use of these systems. A comparison of two systems within the same organisational environment allows a unique perspective on the formation of networks. The ANT approach permits an understanding of the difference in adoption where very few factors differ between the cases.
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Two Computer Systems Used In Schools In Victoria

This study aimed to examine two of the computer systems in use in Victorian schools: CASES21 and the Ultranet. The goal was to investigate the socio-technical aspects of these systems and how these contribute to school community involvement, and the difference in both the nature of the translations and the networks formed during the implementations.

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