An Overview of Executive Information Systems (EIS) Research in South Africa

An Overview of Executive Information Systems (EIS) Research in South Africa

Udo Richard Averweg (eThekwini Municipality and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-587-2.ch617
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Executive information systems (EIS) are designed to serve the needs of executive users in strategic planning and decision- making. Sometimes the terms “executive information systems” and “executive support systems” are used interchangeably (Turban, McLean, & Wetherber, 1999). Definitions of EIS are varied but all identify the need for information that support decisions about the organization. EIS can be defined as “a computerized system that provides executives with easy access to internal and external information that is relevant to their critical success factors” (Watson, Houdeshel, & Rainer, 1997). This article is organized as follows: The background to EIS implementation is given. EIS research studies undertaken in South Africa are then described. Some future EIS trends are then suggested.
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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 (essays, technical reports, thesis, dissertations, etc) with the keywords “Executive Information Systems” in the title. Nine successful “hits” were found. Those research articles are reflected in chronological publication sequence in Table 1.

Table 1.
Research literature (essays, thesis or dissertations) with the keywords “executive information systems”
NoResearcher(s)Publication DateResearch titleReport TypeQualification and Institution
1DeWitt, P.May 1992Design and Implementation of Executive Information Systems (EISs)Technical
B Com (Honours): University of Cape Town
2Twemlow, S.
Hoffmann, U.
and Erlank, S.
October 1992An Assessment of the Penetration of Executive Information Systems in South AfricaTechnical
B Com (Honours): University of Cape Town
3Strydom, I.April 1994Executive Information Systems: A Fundamental ApproachThesisDoctor Commercii (Informatics): University of Pretoria
4Steer, I.J.January 1995The Critical Success Factors for the Implementation of Executive Information Systems in the South African environmentDissertationM Com: University
of Witwatersrand
5Faure, S.June 1995The Impact of Executive Information Systems on the UserEssayB Com (Honours): University of Cape Town
6Chilwane, L.November 1995Critical Success Factors for the Management of Executive Information Systems in ManufacturingResearch
M Com: University
of Witwatersrand
7Khan, S.J.February 1996The Benefits and Capabilities of Executive Information SystemsResearch
MBA: University
of Witwatersrand
8Baillache, S.April 1997The Experiences Gained by Users of Executive Information SystemsDissertationMBA: University
of Witwatersrand
9Averweg, U. R. F.December 2002Executive Information Systems Usage: The Impact of Web-based TechnologiesDissertationM Science: University
of Natal

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