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Information Technology and Resistance to Public Sector Reforms: A Case Study in Kenya

Information Technology and Resistance to Public Sector Reforms: A Case Study in Kenya
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Author(s): Roberta Bernardi (University of Warwick, UK)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 20
Source title: Public Sector Reform Using Information Technologies: Transforming Policy into Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Thanos Papadopoulos (University of Southampton, UK) and Panagiotis Kanellis (Ernst & Young and University of Athens, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-839-2.ch004

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Abstract

The objective of the chapter is to discuss how Information Technology can mitigate constraints to policy implementations stemming from a highly contested context. Main recommendations have been drawn by discussing main challenges met by Kenya in the restructuring of its health Information Systems as demanded by health sector reforms. The discussion will focus on how Information Technology can be used to limit the drawbacks of a highly contested policy context, mediate between global and local interests, and mitigate resistance to change. The chapter concludes with main recommendations on how to extend research on the implications of software designs in implementing public sector reforms and other policies in developing countries.

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