Tat N H, Lansley P
Organisation Structure, Management Style and IT The Case of Hong Kong
Chinese Building Companies
Abstract: The paper reports a study of how managers of Hong Kong Chinese
building firms have changed their styles of management and the organisation
of their firms in response to the introduction of information technology. In
some cases these changes have been quite marked and have led to the erosion
of the role and influence of middle managers as information has become more
readily available to senior and lower level managers. The study suggests that
the conflicts between traditional management philosophies and those required
of IT can be resolved and used to strengthen commitment to organisational
Keywords: information technology; culture; organisation structure; management style
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