Journal of Contemporary Management - Volume 1, Issue 1, 2004
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2004
Source: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 1 –15 (2004)More Less
This article concerns the investigation of management issues in the initiation phase within information technology outsourcing (ITO) contracts. The ITO life cycle is used as the flow structure for the investigation. The user expectations that occur in the initiation phase of the ITO life cycle are identified. The "Coetzee solution framework" is used to ensure that the identified management problems are addressed in a structured approach. The initiation phase of the ITO life cycle, with its expectations and problems, are discussed in the context of the solution framework.
Information technology : management issues in the due diligence and contracting phase of outsourcing contractsSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 16 –30 (2004)More Less
This article concerns the investigation of management issues in the due diligence and contracting phase within information technology outsourcing contracts. The information technology outsourcing life cycle is used as the flow structure for the investigation. The associated user expectations that occur in the due diligence and contracting phase of the information technology outsourcing life cycle are identified. Following the identification of the management and user expectation issues in the due diligence and contracting phase of the outsource life cycle, the "Coetzee solution framework" is used to ensure that the identified management problems are addressed in a structured approach.
Author Ashley SanicharSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 31 –44 (2004)More Less
This article details research on work / life balance conducted at a large multinational organisation. Findings from this study help to delineate current approaches to flexibility initiatives and also help to recommend effective strategies and practices for successful flexibility initiatives, as well as requirements for managers and HR to understand and implement these programmes successfully.
The purpose of this article is to examine the possible role of work / life programmes and the issues surrounding the implementation thereof. It has been shown that there are strategic benefits to be gained from work / life initiatives for both organisations and employees. However, long hours are viewed culturally as a sign of commitment and hard work and many researchers have confirmed this view. The perception is that employees who use programmes for balancing work / life are not serious about their careers. This misconception needs to be dispelled publicly by the senior employees of the company.
This study was carried out over a period of nine months and included a literature study, face-to-face interviews, and an electronic survey of employees at a large multinational in South Africa. The face-to-face interviews were conducted with executives, senior managers and first line managers.
Author J.A. WatkinsSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 45 –53 (2004)More Less
Total Quality Management has been the primary focus of nearly every industry striving for competitive advantage, deploying extensive quality improvement methodologies in the process. Not all organisations have the capacity (time / money / resources / skills / specialised training / change management) to implement such comprehensive methodologies. This paper introduces an alternative paradigm to meet these capacity issues. Furthermore, it is suggested to employ the concept 'Methodological Pluralism' (commonly known as a multi-methodology approach) aimed at a specific area or process requiring quality improvement within an organisation, as opposed to a single comprehensive methodology throughout the organisation.
Author R. MacdonaldSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 54 –67 (2004)More Less
While automatic control systems for projects have been considered over the years, most authors finally realised that "systems do not manage projects, people do." Project auditing requires data; the data needs to be accurate and consistent. This article proposes a method, although rudimentary, for controlling projects by use of cybernetic controls. The feedback loop, while mostly always requiring the intervention of the project manager, facilitates a control mechanism consistent by design. The consistency and ongoing frequent requirement for updates generates the accuracy, consistency and reliability of the data. All too often by the time a post mortem study is done on a project, data has been adjusted to either make the project appear successful or the project manager appear dependable.
The forms developed are proposed in a spreadsheet format allowing for the control and flagging of costs, budgets, orders and resource usage overruns. The process of flagging prompts project manager intervention, and forces timely interaction with the project.
This article adds to recent research done in the development of control boards or dashboards for project monitoring, and adds the possibility for further study in the development of project simulation systems.
Source: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 68 –81 (2004)More Less
The discovery of the DNA molecule structure in the 1950s introduced genetic engineering, also known as biotechnology. That is the branch of molecular biology that studies the use of micro-organisms to produce genetically modified bio-structures and the transfer of genes to unrelated species. This is aimed to better diagnoses and treatment of diseases and the development of agricultural products with improved attributes. <br>This article investigates some of the challenges and opportunities facing the emerging biotechnology industry, and highlights the coloration between different role players from diverse disciplines. Various benefits of biotechnology are listed to counter some of the cynicism that surrounds biotechnology. In spite of these developments in the science of gene technology, the concerns of groups of consumers hamper rapid progress. The article concludes with reporting on an empirical investigation undertaken with post-graduate business students.
Author P.J. TsosaSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 82 –98 (2004)More Less
The purpose of this paper is to highlight critical factors regarding the interactive role of organisational strategy and culture. It sets out to cover a wide range of important issues which play an interactive role in organisational strategy and culture. The paper furthermore emphasises acquiring insight into the interaction that takes place between the two concepts, and the formulation and implementation of strategy from a strategic management perspective.
Author M.V. SlabbertSource: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 99 –105 (2004)More Less
The World Wide Web is based primarily on documents written in HTML. This is a language that is useful for describing and visual presentation, but has limited ability to classify the blocks of text on a page. The Semantic Web is namely a project that intends to create a universal medium for information exchange by giving meaning, in a manner understandable by machines, to the content of documents on the Web. Thus, the Semantic Web extends the ability of the World Wide Web through the use of standards, markup languages and related processing tools, aiming at making information in Web-based documents more accessible. This article explores the Semantic Web as a natural successor of the World Wide Web.
Source: Journal of Contemporary Management 1, pp 106 –113 (2004)More Less
The future of the South African workforce is under threat. The objective of the research is to prove that a need for AIDS teaching in schools exists and to provide guidelines for its implementation through the alteration of schooling in South Africa. The research is based on various case studies, interviews, personal observations and literature studies.
Due to the threat of economic decline posed by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, a need exists to change the behaviour of the future economically active workforce. Recent studies in Africa show that teenage girls are five to six times more likely to become HIV-infected than boys their age. Furthermore, children whose mothers are uneducated risk a 45 percent greater chance of premature death than children whose mothers have post-primary education.
Since there are more female HIV carriers than males, girls' education is an absolute priority. The development of more child-friendly AIDS literature that can be used in schools and for community projects in rural areas is vital. Furthermore, a weekly life-skills period with a strong focus on AIDS should be introduced at schools from grade one to grade twelve to emphasise the importance of the topic to pupils.