Information systems for environmental scanning: A comparative study of utilization in the strategic planning process of British and Canadian universities.

  • John Kurt Pliniussen

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


This dissertation identifies and compares the experiences, opinions, and information systems of the senior administrative teams at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham, in England, and at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent, in Canada, relative to those environmental issues and forces influencing their respective institutions - and consequent planning processes. Through the use of an exploratory cross-national comparative case-oriented research framework, four instruments were pre-tested and utilized, following basic triangulation methodology, in order to address the aforementioned issues. The results of the research indicated there was much convergence of the research findings, both within and across the two countries, and that while all administrative teams were starting to utilize strategic planning procesess, each was at a different stage of integrating and formalizing this process throughout their respective universities. Finally, implications of the research findings were developed and recommendations posited with which the respective administrative teams could augment both the information systems and the strategic planning processes as detailed in this project.
Date of Award1985
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath

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