An Historical Account of Executive Information Systems Research in South Africa

An Historical Account of Executive Information Systems Research in South Africa

Udo Richard Averweg (eThekwini Municipality, South Africa & University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch071
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Eis Research Undertaken In South Africa

A review of previously conducted EIS research at universities in South Africa is undertaken. From this collection, the nature of EIS research for each study is discussed. South African databases were searched for research literature (in the form of essays, technical reports, thesis, dissertations) with the keywords ‘Executive Information Systems’ in the research title. Eleven successful ‘hits’ were found. Those research articles are reflected in chronological publication sequence in Table 1. The existence of a recent journal article (Papageorgiou & de Bruyn, 2011) dealing with EIS in listed JSE organisations is acknowledged but for the sake of selection consistency, this journal article does not fall within the ambit of the author’s chosen report type classification.

Key Terms in this Chapter

World Wide Web (‘the Web’): An information space consisting of hyperlinked documents published on the Internet.

Executive Information System: A computerised system that provides executives with easy access to internal and external information that is relevant to their critical success factors.

Critical Success Factors (CSFs): Those key areas of activity in which favourable results are absolutely necessary for a particular manager to reach his or her goals.

Information Systems (IS): A combination of technology, people and processes to capture, transmit, store, retrieve, manipulate and display information.

Executives: Corporate knowledge workers responsible for corporate strategic management activities.

Data Warehouse: A repository of subject-oriented historical data that is organised to be accessible in a form readily acceptable for analytical processing activities.

Web-Based Technology: A technology that did not exist prior to the World Wide Web (‘the Web’) and utilises core Internet and Web technologies as the platform on which the solution operates.

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