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Publication date: 1 October 2002

Johanna Holm, Satu Lähteenmäki, Hannu Salmela, Reima Suomi, Arto Suominen and Maarit Viljanen

This paper describes a project which investigates the human resource management practices that are being used in managing information professionals in ICT companies or ICT…

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This paper describes a project which investigates the human resource management practices that are being used in managing information professionals in ICT companies or ICT departments. The effectiveness of the practices is evaluated from individual and management perspectives. It is assumed that the nature of the contract between the IS professional and the organization influences the effectiveness of different practices. Thus, the notion of “best practice” is seen as context dependent. When writing the paper, the research was still in progress and no results can yet be given. After completing the study, practitioners can use the results to compare their own practices with those that were found to be effective in the nine case organizations. For researchers, the results will provide hypotheses about the relationship between HRM practices and job satisfaction of the IS professionals.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 26 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 February 2003

Hannu Salmela and Pekka Turunen

Increased use of market mechanisms in the delivery of public services is one of the major attempts made by governments to achieve greater efficiency, higher quality and a…

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Increased use of market mechanisms in the delivery of public services is one of the major attempts made by governments to achieve greater efficiency, higher quality and a clearer focus on customers. Information systems (ISs) can promote the adoption of market mechanisms, but they can also preserve a monopolistic and hierarchic model of service delivery. Hence, understanding the competitive implications of information technology (IT) is becoming relevant for managers in the public sector as well. Provides a brief overview of previous research on IT‐based competition and discusses its relevance for public sector management. Then continues to describe a project where six offices of one city co‐operated in developing a shared geographic information system (GIS). While this research is based on an in‐depth analysis of only one case, other researchers have reported similar experiences. It appears that effective use of market mechanisms in the public sector requires new orientation in IS planning and rethinking of the role of IS departments in public sector organisations.

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International Journal of Public Sector Management, vol. 16 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-3558

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Publication date: 1 March 2001

Ned Kock and Francis Lau

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Information Technology & People, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-3845

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