Designing and Implementing a Learning Organization-Oriented InformationTechnology Planning and Management Process

Designing and Implementing a Learning Organization-Oriented InformationTechnology Planning and Management Process

James I. Penrod (University of Memphis, USA) and Ann F. Harbor (University of Memphis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-408-8.ch004
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Abstract

Higher education is changing. Driven by the need to increase productivity, quality, and access while meeting the challenges of competition, universities, especially state-assisted institutions, are seeking ways to do more with less governmental support. Information technology (IT) is perhaps the enabling tool that will bring transformative change (Oblinger & Rush, 1997). The organizations that have had primary managerial responsibility for IT implementation on many campuses need to change and be restructured if the technology is to live up to its potential. This case study provides an overview of the process utilized in implementing a broad-based strategy to address the information technology needs of a large public university, the University of Memphis. It deals at length with the planning and creation of an IT governance structure and a strategic planning and management model. In this case, modern theories of organizational change and strategic planning were applied to the creation and improvement of the University’s IT structure.

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