Thesis defence in the University of Oulu

Doctoral Candidate

Master of Science Kalervo Stranius

Faculty and research unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Systems Science

Field of study

Information Systems Science

Date and time of the thesis defence

9.5.2019 12:15

Place of the thesis defence

University of Oulu, auditorium IT116

Topic of the dissertation

The environmental factors influencing information systems' acquisition, provisioning and utilization at an education and research organization

Opponent

Professor Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University

Custos

Adjunct Professor Raija Halonen, University of Oulu

The environmental factors influencing information systems' acquisition, provisioning and utilization at an education and research organization

The object of this research was to analyze external and internal environments of information systems and to find factors that influence the acquisition, provisioning and utilization of information systems, and to identify the effects. The research object was to identify relations between the environmental factors' impacts and information systems in an education and research organization. The empirical research was executed at the University of Oulu. In this research the qualitative method was utilized.

The research data was gathered through interviewing the personnel of the university, altogether 35 persons, standing for four groups: administration, education and research, services and information system support. At first the environmental factors influencing on the information systems were identified and analyzed from related studies. Their impacts on an education and research organization's information systems' acquisition, provisioning and use were then empirically analyzed. The impacts of generic environmental factors, regulation factors, financial factors and internal environmental factors were evaluated. The internal environment's factors had relatively intensive and plentiful influence, because also external factors influenced trough the internal environment. This research gives a rigorous conceptual view to information systems' environmental factors and their impacts in an education and research organizations and provides perspectives to additional studies, too.

Dissertation

Last updated: 6.5.2019