Organisational culture and the development of IT in further education

Rogers, Chris (1993) Organisational culture and the development of IT in further education. Masters thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

Central government funding has assisted the introduction of
Information Technology (IT) to many areas of the curriculum
through a variety of schemes over the last ten years. The funding has been provided to support a wide range of educational organisations differing in, amongst other things, size, geographical location and ethos.

There has been extensive research into the relationship
between organisational structure and the organisation's ability
to manage innovation in industry and commerce. An attempt has been made to distinguish four organisational types or
'cuItures' and apply these concepts from industrial and commercial organisations to educational institutions. (Handy. 1986).

Furthermore Handy maintains that if one particular culture,
task culture, is dominant then the organisation is likely to be
more amenable to the management of innovation and the
introduction of new technology.

The researcher has made an attempt to grasp the nature of the organisational culture of an opportunity sample of colleges
of Further Education as perceived by lecturers that have been
involved in a government funded project to introduce IT to the
curriculum.

A social psychological approach has been used with the aid
of questionnaires, diagrams and focused interviews to elicit the lecturers' perceptions.

An attempt to use computer aided analysis of qualitative data has been made with the use of macro commands from a word
processing package to facilitate the coding, sorting and retrieval of data.

It appears that the preferred organisational culture, from the small sample of lecturers taking part in this investigation, is that of 'task' culture according to Handy's terminology. There was also evidence of shared concerns about the nature and implications of the introduction of IT to the curriculum.

It is concluded, however, that organisational culture is a
dynamic concept and that a study of a small group of colleges can only provide a snapshot glimpse into the nature of lecturers' perceptions of their organisations' culture. Sometimes there is more than one cultural type perceived as operating in the same organisation and such perceptions as these may vary contingent upon an individual's position in the organisation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Research Areas: B. > Theses
Item ID: 13622
Depositing User: Adam Miller
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 11:43
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 08:01
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13622

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