Towards a prioritization of needs to support decision making in organizational change processes

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce a decision support system to prioritize needs that are anchored in an organization. We build on a systems-thinking approach and develop a weighted additive index which considers different viewpoints of organizational stakeholders. First, we briefly review the literature about identifying and prioritizing needs from various scientific disciplines. Then, we use boundary critique to identify critical stakeholders that lead to three different viewpoints in the decision support system. The internal view reflects needs that members of the organization find important and urgent to be satisfied. The external view considers knowledge of outsiders, i.e. who do not work in the organization but are acquainted with it (e.g. experts, customers, facilitators). The systemic view considers system inherent interrelations of needs as perceived by decision makers in the organization. These stakeholder views get assessed by different dimensions, which are subsequently combined and weighted. Based on a method to identify needs, we apply this index in an case study conducted in Austria and discuss implications for theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fiftyth First Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-51)
Editors Bui,J.
Place of PublicationWaikoloa
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Pages4390 - 4399
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102
  • 502050 Business informatics
  • 509018 Knowledge management

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