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Information Systems for Public Management: Design and Implementation
Barry M. Rubin
Public Administration Review
Vol. 46, Special Issue: Public Management Information Systems (Nov., 1986), pp. 540-552
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/975576
Page Count: 13
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The development and use of information systems is becoming a high priority in many public organizations, but methods for this development have been designed largely for use in the private sector. These systems development approaches are often inappropriate for the public sector, for they fail to address the differences between public and private organizations. This article addresses this problem by dealing with the theoretical and practical aspects of developing both management information systems (MIS) and decision support systems (DSS) for public management. It introduces the reader to the concepts and methods of information systems development, provides a review of the relevant literature, describes the primary approach used for information systems design and implementation in the private sector, and identifies the problems associated with its use in public organizations. An information systems development method appropriate for public management, the Iterative systems Development Cycle, is proposed and applied to a public organization.
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