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System Conversion: Teaching versus Reality

System Conversion: Teaching versus Reality
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Author(s): Efrem G. Mallach (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch025
ISBN13: 9781616921293
EISBN13: 9781466665354


This paper summarizes the coverage of conversion in 17 current textbooks from major publishers: ten for introductory MIS and seven for systems analysis. It compares this coverage with current practice, as determined by (a) studies of 53 organizations by the author’s students and (b) conversions reported in the trade press. Differences between typical textbook coverage and practice are documented, and recommendations for remedying the situation are made.

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