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IS-Supported Managerial Control for China’s Research Community: An Agency Theory Perspective

IS-Supported Managerial Control for China’s Research Community: An Agency Theory Perspective
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Author(s): Wen Tian (USTC-CityU Joint Advanced Research Center, China), Douglas Vogel (City University of Hong Kong, China), Jian Ma (City University of Hong Kong, China) and Jibao Gu (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
Copyright: 2010
Volume: 18
Issue: 4
Pages: 29
Source title: Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Zuopeng (Justin) Zhang (University of North Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.2010100104

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Abstract

In the first decade of the 21st century, China’s Research Community (CRC) is struggling to achieve better performance by increasing growth in knowledge quantity (e.g., publications), but has failed to generate sound growth in knowledge quality (e.g., citations). An innovative E-government project, Internet-based Science Information System (ISIS), was applied nationwide in 2003 with a variety of embedded incentives. The system has been well received and supports the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to implement managerial control to cope with pressing demands relating to China’s research productivity. This paper explores the impact of Information Systems (IS) from the perspective of agency theory based on CRC empirical results. Since the nationwide application of ISIS in 2003, CRC outcomes have markedly improved. The discussion and directions for future research examine implications of IS for E-government implementation and business environment building in developing countries.

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