n South African Journal of Higher Education - Information systems and institutional mergers in South African higher education

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The period within which higher education mergers have taken place on a large scale internationally overlaps with a phase characterised by extremely rapid takeup of information technologies in higher education. This article analyses the implications of institutional mergers for information systems development in the South African higher education system. The analysis is undertaken with particular reference to the new institutional shape as envisaged in the higher education merger plan, and with reference to the characteristics of current higher education information systems. This article will draw attention to the key decisions that can influence the outcome of information systems integration in higher education mergers. Particular emphasis is given to the importance of information systems as more than mere technological infrastructure that can contribute to long-term sustainability in higher education institutions which are quintessentially knowledge based organisations.

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