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What is Relevant?: Some Initial Problems in the Production of Quantitative Data
P. L. Smith
The Journal of Industrial Economics
Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul., 1959), pp. 182-188
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2097814
Page Count: 7
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This paper is concerned with some initial problems in establishing centralized information systems of the accounting type and is based on investigations into two British undertakings, one installing an electronic digital computer and the other standard costs. It discusses the difficulties of imposing any authoritarian solution, the strong forces working for a minimum of change, the tactics open to the computing group, the deleterious effect of specialization on the communication of ideas, the tendency for the initiating group to become in the absence of direction the arbiters of what the new system shall produce, and the need for information to be couched in terms of the intentions and expectation of its users.
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