An investigation of the adoption of soft systems methodology : an innovation diffusion theory perspective

Sihota, Jagjeet. (1996). An investigation of the adoption of soft systems methodology : an innovation diffusion theory perspective Master's Thesis, School of Business, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Sihota, Jagjeet.
Thesis Title An investigation of the adoption of soft systems methodology : an innovation diffusion theory perspective
School, Centre or Institute School of Business
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 98
Language eng
Subjects 1503 Business and Management
Formatted abstract The objective of this study is to explore the adoption of an intellectual innovation within an organisational environment. The intellectual innovation that will be explored is Soft Systems Methodology.

As a prelude to the study, an overview of Soft Systems Methodology is provided. Theoretically, Soft Systems Methodology can be used to formulate a wide range of problem types. However, there is a continual belief that Soft Systems Methodology can only be used to solve soft problems.

Innovation Diffusion Theory has been used in a wide range of studies to explain the adoption of innovations within organisations and work groups. This study will evaluate innovation diffusion theory as an effective theory that explains how intellectual innovations can be adopted within organisations.

The results indicate that Soft Systems Methodology is an innovation, and that it is useful in formulating problems. Innovation Diffusion theory was evaluated as being an appropriate theory to explain the adoption of an intellectual innovation. The level of adoption and the level of usage by the respondents do not influence how SSM is perceived as being an innovation.

There has been little research conducted in the adoption of intellectual innovations. The research presents opportunities for further research within the areas of Innovation Diffusion Theory and Soft Systems Methodology.

 
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