Tracing of information links empirically (TILE) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

Tracing of information links empirically (TILE) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Information systems (ISs) are at the heart of any responsive organisation. However current tools and techniques of evaluation and design of ISs are not well suited to the needs of small and medium sized companies, and the achievement of their strategic, commercial and operational goals, and perhaps not even to those of larger organisations. The failure rate in the use of many computer-based systems is very high especially in manufacturing organisations. This suggests that a new and simpler technique is required to lay down the foundation for an IS at an early stage in the development of a company. This system must be capable of being applied by non-specialist managers but nevertheless be one that incorporates all of the elements of information, in circumstances which may be a mix of technology-based and manual systems. This paper proposes the design of a simple audit tool that may be used in any area of a company's organisation to aid in the evaluation, planning and design of holistic ISs in SMEs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logistics Information Management Emerald Publishing

Tracing of information links empirically (TILE) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0957-6053
DOI
10.1108/09576050010340884
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Abstract

Information systems (ISs) are at the heart of any responsive organisation. However current tools and techniques of evaluation and design of ISs are not well suited to the needs of small and medium sized companies, and the achievement of their strategic, commercial and operational goals, and perhaps not even to those of larger organisations. The failure rate in the use of many computer-based systems is very high especially in manufacturing organisations. This suggests that a new and simpler technique is required to lay down the foundation for an IS at an early stage in the development of a company. This system must be capable of being applied by non-specialist managers but nevertheless be one that incorporates all of the elements of information, in circumstances which may be a mix of technology-based and manual systems. This paper proposes the design of a simple audit tool that may be used in any area of a company's organisation to aid in the evaluation, planning and design of holistic ISs in SMEs.

Journal

Logistics Information ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2000

Keywords: Small‐to‐medium sized enterprises; Information technology

References

  • Difficulties arising from dysfunctional information systems in manufacturing SMEs case studies
    Thoburn, J.G; Arunachalem, S.; Gunasekaran, A
  • Manufacturing Systems Design and Analysis
    Wu, B.

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