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Publication date: 1 December 1997

Cem Canel, Richard G. Mathieu and Sidhartha R. Das

The successful development of information systems for flexible manufacturing systems depends on several factors. Many studies have been investigating these factors during…

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The successful development of information systems for flexible manufacturing systems depends on several factors. Many studies have been investigating these factors during the development of information systems for various applications. Examines findings from the MIS literature and derives some lessons on how they can be used in the development of an information system for FMS.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 97 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 1 March 1996

Richard G. Mathieu and Robert L. Woodard

The Internet is increasingly used by management professionals to support information gathering and research activities. However, the different sources of information on…

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The Internet is increasingly used by management professionals to support information gathering and research activities. However, the different sources of information on the Internet (i.e. electronic journals, online databases, messages posted to groups of readers, and e‐mail) must be carefully utilized by the prudent manager. In particular, examines three issues surrounding the use and citation of information received via the Internet. The first issue addresses problems surrounding the accuracy and recency of information obtained on the Internet. The second issue focusses on properly categorizing the type of information received. The last issue examines how to reference properly information obtained from the Internet that is used in academic and industrial research. Concludes with a section on ethical issues related to electronic media.

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Internet Research, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Publication date: 1 May 1995

Richard G. Mathieu and Robert L. Woodard

The Internet is increasingly used by management professionals tosupport information gathering and research activities. However, thedifferent sources of information on the…

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The Internet is increasingly used by management professionals to support information gathering and research activities. However, the different sources of information on the Internet (i.e. electronic journals, online databases, messages posted to groups of readers, and E‐mail) must be carefully utilized by the prudent manager. In particular, examines three issues surrounding the use and citation of information received via the Internet. The first issue addresses problems surrounding the accuracy and recency of information obtained on the Internet. The second issue focuses on properly categorizing the type of information received. The last issue examines how to reference properly information obtained from the Internet that is used in academic and industrial research. Concludes with a section on ethical issues related to electronic media.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Publication date: 1 August 2000

Vince Howe, Richard G. Mathieu and Jim Parker

Accelerating the process by which new products are introduced to the marketplace has become a strategic imperative in many markets. An emerging precondition for…

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Accelerating the process by which new products are introduced to the marketplace has become a strategic imperative in many markets. An emerging precondition for new‐product development success is the integration of information technology with innovative management practices. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the integration of Internet and Intranet applications with the stage‐gate process can support and accelerate new product development. This research provides insight into the key role Internet technology can play in facilitating information dissemination, process improvements, reductions in time and costs, and improved project management.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 100 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

J. Art Gowan, Richard G. Mathieu and Mark B. Hey

Sets out to examine earned value management (EVM), a project management technique that relates resource planning to schedules, technical costs and schedule requirements.

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Purpose

Sets out to examine earned value management (EVM), a project management technique that relates resource planning to schedules, technical costs and schedule requirements.

Design/methodology/approach

Provides an example of how EVM can be implemented in a data warehouse project and how it can be used as a tool to diagnose and solve problems.

Findings

EVM is based on the belief that the value of the project increases as tasks are completed and therefore the earned value of a project is a measure of the real progress of that project.

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Offers a significant analysis of EVM, its benefits and pitfalls.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 14 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Publication date: 1 July 2000

Ina S. Markham, Richard G. Mathieu and Barry A. Wray

Determining the number of circulating kanban cards is important in order effectively to operate a just‐in‐time with kanban production system. While a number of techniques…

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Determining the number of circulating kanban cards is important in order effectively to operate a just‐in‐time with kanban production system. While a number of techniques exist for setting the number of kanbans, artificial neural networks (ANNs) and classification and regression trees (CARTs) represent two practical approaches with special capabilities for operationalizing the kanban setting problem. This paper provides a comparison of ANNs with CART for setting the number of kanbans in a dynamically varying production environment. Our results show that both methods are comparable in terms of accuracy and response speed, but that CARTs have advantages in terms of explainability and development speed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of using these techniques in an operational setting.

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Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 11 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6061

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Publication date: 21 November 2008

Barry Wray and Richard Mathieu

The purpose of this paper is to develop and test a model of the relative performance of open source software (OSS) projects.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop and test a model of the relative performance of open source software (OSS) projects.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper evaluates the relative performance of OSS projects by evaluating multiple project inputs and multiple project outputs by using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) model. The DEA model produces an efficiency score for each project based on project inputs and outputs. The method of producing an efficiency score is based on the convex envelopment technology structure. The efficiency measure quantifies a “distance” to an efficient frontier.

Findings

The DEA model produced an index of corresponding intensities linking an inefficient project to its benchmark efficient project(s). The inefficiency measures produced an ordering of inefficient projects. Eight projects were found to be “efficient” and used as benchmarking projects.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to only security‐based OSS projects. Future research on other areas of OSS projects is warranted.

Practical implications

The result of this research is a practical model that can be used by OSS project developers to evaluate the relative performance of their projects and make resource decisions.

Originality/value

This research extends the work of previous studies that have examined the relative performance of software development projects in a traditional development environment. As a result of this research, OSS projects can now be adequately benchmarked and evaluated according to project performance. An OSS project manger can effectively use these results to critically evaluate resources for their project and judge the relative efficiency of the resources.

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Information Management & Computer Security, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-5227

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Publication date: 1 April 2005

J. Art Gowan and Richard G. Mathieu

The literature on software project management is extended into the broader domain of large‐scale IS management by studying enterprise‐wide system upgrade projects. In…

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Purpose

The literature on software project management is extended into the broader domain of large‐scale IS management by studying enterprise‐wide system upgrade projects. In particular; examines the role that the intervention of project management practices (formal project methodologies and outsourcing) play in large and/or complex IS projects, which result in good project performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey instrument was completed by 449 information systems managers about a specific upgrade project. The primary analytical approach used was structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

It was found that neither project complexity nor project size are good indicators of meeting a project's target date. Large projects that adopted formal project management practices were more probable to meet the project target date. Projects with a high degree of complexity which involved outsourcing and adopted formal project management practices, were more likely to meet the project target date.

Practical implications

Clearly, the message to managers of IS projects is to establish a project methodology, especially in large, enterprise‐wide projects, and when some degree of outsourcing is required.

Research limitations/implications

Future research should consider additional measures of performance such as cost, end‐user satisfaction and business value.

Originality/value

Much had been written in the literature about how large, complex IT projects have high failure rates. Our study provides conclusive evidence that, the greater the degree of methodology implementation, the greater the chance for meeting the project's target date. Prior to this research, this had not been explicitly shown in the research literature.

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Journal of Enterprise Information Management, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0398

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Publication date: 1 October 1994

Jack Arthur Gowan and Richard G. Mathieu

“Turf Wars” between corporate management information systems (MIS) andcorporate manufacturing threaten the success of computer integratedmanufacturing (CIM). Co‐operation…

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“Turf Wars” between corporate management information systems (MIS) and corporate manufacturing threaten the success of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Co‐operation between MIS and manufacturing is essential in the planning, design and implementation of cross‐functional information systems, and it is information systems that are the biggest source of CIM failure. Takes the position that both MIS and manufacturing have been slow to recognize their contrasting corporate cultures and to deal with resolving the conflict between the two groups. In order to understand the conflict between MIS and manufacturing better, identifies the technical and organizational differences. From this, identifies seven “points of conflict” specific to identifying CIM implementation that are the focal point of the “turf wars”. Presents a framework for resolving the MIS/manufacturing conflict, based on prior research in organizational diversity. The goal is to resolve conflict by understanding and leveraging diversity, not by diminishing it. Proposes an empirical research agenda to test the framework. In conclusion, recommends collaborative research between the MIS and manufacturing communities to study the technical and organizational issues related to CIM.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 94 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Book part
Publication date: 29 February 2008

To the memory of our colleague and friend Richard V. Ericson (1948–2007)

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To the memory of our colleague and friend Richard V. Ericson (1948–2007)

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Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond
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ISBN: 978-0-7623-1416-4

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