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PhD Candidate in FIT publishes journal paper

Mr. Clement Nyandiere, a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information Technology, has published a Journal Paper on the Integration of Organization Processing and Activity Theory, titled, “Conceptual Framework for Integration of Organization Processing Theory and Activity Theory in Enterprise Systems Implementation”, with Faustin Kamuzora, Ismail Ateya and Vincent Omwenga in the British Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science, Vol. 4(1), pp. 61-72, 2014.


The paper explores organization information processing theory (OIPT) and activity theory in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems implementation. A framework for the ERP implementation has been developed from a conceptual model on the interaction of organizational culture and structure. The modified model incorporates the activity theory and the OIPT and provides a formal way of bringing on board various interplaying variables in the system implementation process, more so for ERP systems.


By applying the proposed model it is anticipated that a balance between input and process exists while having the user as the central element will promote acceptance of the ERP implementation. Whereas the paper has looked at culture and structure at organizational level, the authors consider that current organizational models have departmental cultures and structures that contribute to organization-wide processes. Further analysis of the effects of departmental cultural factors on the unit/departmental processes needs to be investigated on how they affect the implementation at the departmental level. The full article can viewed at http://www.sciencedomain.org/issue.php?iid=276&id=6


Mr. Nyandiere’s Academic Supervisors are Prof. Faustin Kamuzora, from Institute of Development Studies, Mzumbe University – Tanzania and Dr. Ismail Ateya Lukandu, a Senior Lecturer and the Research Director, Faculty of Information Technology. Mr. Nyandiere’s Doctoral Research has been on-going, supported by Faculty of Information Technology’s Academic Staff Development Programme. Mr. Nyandiere holds a Master of Business Administration (Information Systems and Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science (Information Science) from Moi University.