Managing Executive Information Systems for Strategic Intelligence in South Africa and Spain

Managing Executive Information Systems for Strategic Intelligence in South Africa and Spain

U. Averweg (eThekwini Municipality and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and J. Roldán (University of Seville, Spain)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-243-5.ch006
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Abstract

Strategically important information for executive decision-making is often not readily available since it may be scattered in an organization’s internal and external environments. An executive information system (EIS) is a computer-based technology designed in response to specific needs of executives and for decision-making. Executives having the “right” information for strategic decision-making is considered critical for strategic intelligence (SQ). SQ is the ability to interpret cues and develop appropriate strategies for addressing the future impact of these cues. In order to gauge the current situation in respect of information in an EIS and for managing future EIS development, the authors research EIS in organizations in two selected countries: South Africa and Spain. From their EIS study, parallelisms and differences are identified and implications for SQ are discussed. Some practical implications for future EIS development are given. The authors suggest these should be considered so that SQ for executive decision-making is facilitated.

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