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Computer-based performance information for executives in local government

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Performance information is crucial to effective management. Computer-based information systems (CBIS) now play a significant role in the effective delivery of information to senior managers. Executive information systems (EIS) are emerging as popular tools to assist organisations in their strategic decision-making processes. This trend has spread from the private to the public sector, and is now evident in Australian government organisations. This article draws on the findings of a survey into the uses and benefits of CBIS and EIS, from a sample of Australian local government organisations. The study shows that lessons from the private sector are being heeded by system developers in public organisations, leading to successful EIS projects, or at least improved CBIS. The study indicates that EIS, which were originally developed for profit-oriented private companies, are now seen as appropriate for many public sector organisations, providing effective delivery of information to senior managers. Survey results indicate that improved information systems give executives a more accurate picture of their organisation's performance and so provide support for improved strategic decision-making. In addition, EIS are seen by respondents as offering significant benefits not only to managers but also to the rest of the organisation.

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Hasan, H., & Hasan, S. (1997). Computer-based performance information for executives in local government. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 56(3), 24-29. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.1997.tb01261.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0031286964

Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 29

Volume


  • 56

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Performance information is crucial to effective management. Computer-based information systems (CBIS) now play a significant role in the effective delivery of information to senior managers. Executive information systems (EIS) are emerging as popular tools to assist organisations in their strategic decision-making processes. This trend has spread from the private to the public sector, and is now evident in Australian government organisations. This article draws on the findings of a survey into the uses and benefits of CBIS and EIS, from a sample of Australian local government organisations. The study shows that lessons from the private sector are being heeded by system developers in public organisations, leading to successful EIS projects, or at least improved CBIS. The study indicates that EIS, which were originally developed for profit-oriented private companies, are now seen as appropriate for many public sector organisations, providing effective delivery of information to senior managers. Survey results indicate that improved information systems give executives a more accurate picture of their organisation's performance and so provide support for improved strategic decision-making. In addition, EIS are seen by respondents as offering significant benefits not only to managers but also to the rest of the organisation.

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Hasan, H., & Hasan, S. (1997). Computer-based performance information for executives in local government. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 56(3), 24-29. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.1997.tb01261.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0031286964

Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 29

Volume


  • 56

Issue


  • 3