Title

Motivational Information Systems: Case study of a University Research Productivity Index and 6th Extension to Ashby's Law

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

SECAU - Security Research Centre Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science, Social Justice Research Centre

RAS ID

5794

Comments

This article was originally published as: Love, T., & Cooper, T. (2008). Motivational Information Systems: Case study of a University Research Productivity Index and 6th Extension to Ashby's Law. Proceedings of Australia New Zealand Systems Society. SECAU Mount Lawley, Perth Australia. SECAU - Security Research Centre Edith Cowan University. Original article available here

Abstract

Information systems are widely used to map and chart organisational activities for management to motivate staff. We have coined the term ‘motivational information systems’ for information systems that have this role. This paper describes one example of recent research by the authors using a case study to investigate the internal and external dynamics of motivational information systems. In this paper, causal loop modeling is used to understand the dynamics of a motivational information system in a large organisation: a university-wide motivational information system intended to motivate academics to increase research outcomes. The analyses and findings of the research led to identification of a sixth extension to Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety. The research described in this paper is part of a larger program of systems research by the authors investigating the application and extension of Beer’s, Viable Systems Model, Ashby’s Laws of Requisite Variety, Checkland’s Soft Systems, Critical Systems Analysis, System Dynamics and Causal Loop Diagrams to situations in which these tools are not commonly applied.

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