The Managerial Challenges in the Transformation of the Danish Geodata Sector

The Managerial Challenges in the Transformation of the Danish Geodata Sector

Erik Frokjaer (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Helge Korsbaek (Consultant, Denmark)
Copyright: © 1997 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-937-7.ch021

Abstract

The organizational transformations in the Danish mapping, charting and geodata sector from the mid eighties to the mid nineties are summarized. New products and possibilities raised by information technology were the driving motive behind the ambition to develop an integrated national geographical information system (GIS). The visions and commitment of key people, especially the Director General of the National Survey and Cadastre in Denmark, seem to have been decisive in this, for the government, uniquely successful development within the Danish public administration in which also private enterprises have taken part. Guidance from specific systems or organizations development methods has played no role in the process of change, and the study of the present case suggests that such guidance is of minor importance compared to professional insight, visions and leadership.

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