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GIS, Organisations and People

A Socio-technical Approach, 1st Edition

By James Petch

CRC Press

232 pages

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GIS projects have previously been viewed primarily as technical exercises but it is now evident that the success of GIS projects depends as much upon organisational issues as upon technicalities. GIS projects have socio-organisational contexts which must be taken into account if such projects are to succeed. The book presents an overview of the "human" side of GIS, both individual and organisational.

Table of Contents

The ‘GIS for Beginners’ Series, Acknowledgements, Figures, Introduction, Chapter 1 From Techno-centric to Socio-technical Computing, Introduction, The technological imperative and the fetishism of the product, From ‘technology push’ to ‘demand pull’, Evolving conceptions of the ‘organisation’, Computer scientists or information specialists?, Conclusion, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 2 Information Systems in Organisations, Introduction, The two domains, Generic benefits of information systems, Roles of information systems within organisations, Developing an information strategy, Tools for strategic thinking, Conclusion, Self-check questions, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 3 GIS Systems Development Methodology, Introduction, What is an Information Systems Development Methodology?, A ‘generic’ GIS development methodology, Critique of the methodology, Conclusion, Self-check questions, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 4 Alternative Information Systems Development Methodologies: Sociotechnic Methodologies, Introduction — system development drivers, The variety of Development Methodologies, Modern Systems Development Methodologies, SSADM : The classic model developed, Participation in Systems Development, Reconciling points of view, Conclusion, Self-check questions, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 5 Alternative Information System Development Methodologies: Rapid Development Methodologies, Retreat from the Waterfall model, Prototyping, Organic Life Cycle (OLC), Evolutionary Delivery (ED), Rapid Applications Development, Matching ISDMs to projects, Conclusion, Self-check questions, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 6 GIS ‘Peopleware’, Introduction, The ‘political’ nature of organisations, The impact of corporate cultures on GIS implementation, The impact of people on GIS projects, The impact of GIS on organisations, The impact of GIS on people, Conclusion, Self-check questions, What you have learnt in this chapter, Going further, Chapter 7 The Way Ahead, Introduction, What’s so special about GIS?, The importance of ISDMs in corporate GIS, Contingency and the reality of ‘muddling through’, Glossary, References, Index

About the Author

D. E. Reeve University of Huddersfield. J. R. Petch Manchester Metropolitan University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems