Senior Management, the Locus of Decision Making and the Management Services Department

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Henry C. Lucas Jr.

New York University (NYU)

Michael Palley

City University of New York - Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems & Statistics

Date Written: April 1985

Abstract

An earlier study (Lucas, 1984), while finding support for theHickson (1971) framework for organizational power, found that departmentmanagers in three major industrial firms rated their information servicesdepartment as the least critical of five departments, for success in theirindustry. This study polled 37 plant managers from the same firms. Plantmanagers, like their department manager counterparts, considered theinformation services department least critical for success. Centralizationof decision making was found to be positively related to informationservices department power. Finally, implications of the study on distributedversus centralized information processing are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Lucas Jr., Henry C. and Palley, Michael, Senior Management, the Locus of Decision Making and the Management Services Department (April 1985). Information Systems Working Papers Series, Vol. , pp. -, 1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1290089

Henry C. Lucas Jr.

New York University (NYU) ( email )

Bobst Library, E-resource Acquisitions
20 Cooper Square 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003-711
United States

Michael Palley

City University of New York - Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems & Statistics ( email )

17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

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