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What is Empirical-Rational theory of Change Management

Handbook of Research on Contemporary Theoretical Models in Information Systems
People are rational and will follow their self-interest - once it is revealed to them. Successful change is based on the communication of information and the offering of incentives. People can be persuaded AND ‘bought’ (‘carrot’ side of carrot-and-stick) (Chin & Benne, 1969).
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An Evidence-Based Health Information System Theory
Daniel Carbone (University of Melbourne, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-659-4.ch006
The aim of this chapter is to bridge the gap between what is known about IS theory and the specifics characteristics of health to develop an evidence based health information systems theory. An initial background first sets the significance for the need to have a solid information systems theory in health and then argues that neither the information systems literature nor the health sector have been able to provide any satisfactory pathway to facilitate the adoption of information systems in health settings. The chapter further continues by reviewing the common pathway to develop information systems theory and the knowledge foundations used in the process, and then proceeds to highlight how this theory was developed. Subsequently, the building blocks (constructs, premises, supporting evidence and conclusions) that underpins the constructs and a brief explanation of the relationships between them is included. A discussion and limitation section is then followed by a conclusion.
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