Vol 24 (2006)

Volume 24 of the EJISDC is a regular volume with four full papers and two book reviews. In the first paper, Alemayehu Molla and Arjun Bhalla from Australia and the UK respectively investigate the competitive advantage that can accrue to organisations in developing countries that implement ERP systems. Drawing on a case study of an organisation in one Asian country, the authors demonstrate that while ERP did enable the organisation to achieve competitive advantage, the physical technology cannot be considered to be the sole cause. Rather, there are several other factors associated with the implementation of the ERP that assisted in this competitive advantage, notably those related to innovations, managerial coordination, business routines and other processes.

In the second paper, A.A. Oladapo from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria discusses the impact of ICT on professional practice in the Nigerian construction industry. The results indicate that while some functions (notably in architecture, engineering and quantity surveying) have been computerised, others have not, particularly data and document management. The author reports on Internet access and usage among Nigerian professionals and highlights some of the key barriers that remain to be overcome.

In the third paper, Savae Latu and Simon Dacey from Unitec in New Zealand report on the application of Information Systems for Multi-Tenure Jurisdictions, with specific reference to Land Information Systems in the Kingdom of Tonga. Such systems need to collect, use and preserve a variety of traditional information about lands which are controlled according to customary land tenure systems. This paper presents a brief overview of culture, land tenure, the development of Land Information Systems, proposing an extension to the classical LIS development models in order that information about customary held lands is dealt with effectively.

In the final paper, Afzaal Seyal from Brunei Darussalam and Md. Mahbubur Rahim from Australia present a preliminary investigation into the adoption of EDI in Bruneian SMEs. The paper extends previous work on EDI adoption to the developing country context, considering the relative impact of organisational, external and economic factors. The overall outcome is consistent with similar research in developing countries: organisations are slow to adopt EDI. While most businesses do have Internet access, the primary use is email communication, with economic factors being the most influential on the decision to adopt EDI. IT knowledge and top management support are not found to be significant.

Finally, two recently published books "East Asia, Globalization and the New Economy" and "Offshoring IT Services: A Framework for Managing Outsourced Projects" are reviewed.

Table of Contents

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Research Papers

ERP and Competitive Advantage in Developing Countries: The Case of an Asian Company PDF
Alemayehu Molla, Arjun Bhalla # of downloads: 8628

The Impact of ICT on Professional Practice in the Nigerian Construction Industry PDF
A.A. Oladapo # of downloads: 29595

Information Systems for Multi-Tenure Jurisdictions PDF
Savae Latu, Simon Dacey # of downloads: 3373

A Preliminary Investigation of Electronic Data Interchange Adoption in Bruneian Small Business Organizations PDF
Afzaal H. Seyal, Md. Mahbubur Rahim # of downloads: 5323

In this Volume, the downloads# is the total number of downloads since publication.

Book Reviews

"East Asia, Globalization and the New Economy" by F. Gerard Adams PDF
Robert M. Davison # of downloads: 3233

"Offshoring IT Services: A Framework for Managing Outsourced Projects" by Mohan Babu K PDF
Henry W.H. Lo # of downloads: 3687

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
ISSN: 1681-4835 www.ejisdc.org