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Title:Use of Management Information Systems in Vocational Education: A Case Study
Author(s):Veech, Annette Marie
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Education, Vocational
Abstract:The state of Illinois is experiencing dramatic educational changes which influence the local educator's need for information: vocational education will be delivered through regional programs, a new statewide vocational program evaluation system is being developed, and the State Board of Education is creating a new computerized management information system related to vocational education.
It is important, therefore, to understand how management information systems are currently utilized in the management of vocational education programs. A major problem is the lack of documented knowledge related to the successful use of computerized management information systems within the context of vocational education program activities in educational institutions.
Hence, the purpose of the research is to understand more completely how use of computerized management information systems is viewed by educational personnel, and how such utilization affects decision-making processes, and the planning and control of vocational education programs within the context of educational institution settings. A descriptive case study was completed at an Illinois community college, and a secondary school.
The findings of the study encompassed the following issues. It was found that implementation of a computerized management information system is facilitated by: (a) at least one key leader, (b) by the work of a formal planning committee, and (c) by a long planning period. Communication patterns, while made more efficient by management information systems, are still dependent upon the human aspects of interpersonal relationships and managerial style. Computerized management information systems also improve the efficiency and effectiveness of planning and control functions by providing managers with a wide variety of timely information. Cognitive and attitudinal responses to management information systems seem to be positively affected by personal, direct use of such systems. Systems users also note that they feel better about their job activities and their decision-making skills, because of the availability of accurate, timely data.
Issue Date:1988
Description:266 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8908878
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1988

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