|Start Page Number:||419|
|End Page Number:||441|
|Publication Date:||Sep 1991|
|Journal:||Public Budgeting and Financial Management|
|Authors:||Rahman Syedur, Cahill Anthony|
|Keywords:||computers, information, organization, statistics: sampling, sets, artificial intelligence: decision support, computers: information|
Information systems technology in the public sectors of developing nations is in the first, tentative stage of development. So, too, is the development of a systematic, comprehensive research literature and knowledge base which charts the process and assesses the impact of technological change on the process of governance in those countries. This article reports on a survey conducted in 1988 of thirty-eight public agencies in seven developing nations. Three major issues are explored in the survey: patterns of information systems technology use and applications in these agencies, factors associated with the introduction and use of that technology; and the impact of that technology on relations between management and staff; tendencies towards organizational centralization and decentralization, and other organizational structures. In each of these areas, results show a pattern similar to empirical research on the introduction of technology in public sector agencies in developed nations. The article concludes by briefly outlining areas for further investigation.