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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Datta, Pratim
Author's Email Address pdatta2@lsu.edu
URN etd-0722103-113753
Title Where Have All the Flowers Gone? A Modular Systems Perspective of IT Infrastructure Design and Productivity
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Information Systems & Decision Sciences (Business Administration)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Helmut Schneider Committee Chair
Suzanne Pawlowski Committee Co-Chair
Peter Kelle Committee Member
Ye Sho Chen Committee Member
Jorge Aravena Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • infrastructure design
  • management
  • systems theory
  • partial least squares
  • productivity
  • information technology
  • information systems
  • delphi
  • information technology investments
Date of Defense 2003-07-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Assessing value of IT infrastructure investments has been both difficult and ambiguous. This research develops and tests a conceptual framework to understand the productivity process. A lagged and recursive framework is used to trace the relationship between IT infrastructure investments, infrastructure design, and organizational productivity along with contingencies of IT management and the environment. A major contribution of this study is the use of the systems perspective to disaggregate the concepts of IT infrastructure and productivity into collectively exhaustive types. Findings reveal that IT investments do not significant affect productivity but do so when used to develop an IT infrastructure design. IT management is seen to strongly influence IT infrastructure design. Similarly, organizational environment appears to significantly influence the type of productivity focus for a firm. The study adds to the existing body of knowledge through a holistic investigation of the multi-level relationship between IT infrastructure configurations, contingencies, and productivity.
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