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Information and Communication Technologies -

Reshaping Voluntary Organisations?

Research Seminar

  

By the Centre for the Study of Telematics and Governance [CSTAG], Glasgow Caledonian University in partnership with the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector [ARVAC].

 

Thursday 18th November 1999

The Lewis Suite

London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre

356 Holloway Rd

London

N7 6PA

 

Seminar Fee 15

 


Information and Communication Technologies:

Re-shaping Voluntary Organisations?

 

Research Team: Dr Eleanor Burt and Professor John Taylor.

 

Research Seminar

 

 

For CEOs and Senior Managers of Voluntary Organisations, Students of Voluntary Sector Management, and relevant Policy Makers

 

Research

The research seminar emerges from recently completed research which examines the uptake and application of information and communication technologies [ICTs] within the UK voluntary sector. It is part of a wider dissemination process through which findings including highlights from the research, will be made available to voluntary sector managers, students of voluntary sector management, relevant policy makers, and academics. It is hoped that the dissemination strategy will provide opportunities for discussion concerning the significance of ICTs for voluntary organisations, as well as opportunities to share insights associated with the application of the technologies.

Information and Communication Technologies

Information and communication technologies [ICTs] have significant implications for the practice of voluntary sector management. Voluntary organisations able to exploit the technologies’ networking potential have the opportunity to re-shape information flows in the pursuit of mission, strategy, and business objectives.

Findings

Results from the first phase of a two year study looking at the uptake and application of ICTs within UK voluntary organisations, show that key groups of organisations within the sector are embracing ICTs. 84% of the organisations responding to the large scale survey [which formed the first phase of the research] have implemented some form of electronic networking, with a further 6% planning to adopt network technologies by 2002. Evidence that the organisations are exploiting the innovative potential of the technologies is less encouraging, with significantly fewer organisations reporting innovations around core activities such as internal governance, management learning, or key ‘business’ relationships. Subsequent, in-depth, case studies of a number of well-known voluntary organisations support the survey findings and point to emergent and deep-rooted challenges facing organisations seeking to exploit ICTs.

The Seminar

The seminar will explore the significance of ICTs for the strategic management of voluntary organisations, the innovative potential of the technologies, and the issues and dilemmas to which they give rise.


 

Programme

 

09.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee
 

 

10.00-10.10

Welcome and Introductions
Professor John Taylor, Director - Centre for the Study of Telematics and Governance, Glasgow Caledonian University
 

 

10.00-10.30


The ESRC's Virtual Society? Programme
Professor Steve Woolgar, Director - ESRC Virtual Society? Programme, Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology [CRICT], Brunel University, Middlesex
 

 

10.30-11.00

The Information Age: Exploiting Strategic Opportunities in Voluntary Organisations?
Professor John Taylor
 

 

11.00-11.30 Coffee and Networking
 

 

11.30-12.00


Information and Communication Technologies: Reshaping Voluntary Organisations? Uptake, Issues and Innovations
Dr Eleanor Burt, Research Fellow - Centre for the Study of Telematics and Governance, Glasgow Caledonian University
 

 

12.00-12.30

Panel Session
Chair
Elizabeth Mills, Director - Research into Ageing

Panellists
Simon Armson - Chief Executive, The Samaritans
John Attree - Director Management Information Systems, The Prince's Trust
Ian Berkoff - Director with responsibility for IT, Jewish Care
Dr Eleanor Burt
Professor John Taylor
Professor Steve Woolgar
 

 

12.30-01.30 Lunch, Networking and Close

 

With thanks to the ESRC for sponsoring the research upon which the seminar programme is based and for supporting the research seminar. With thanks to Professor Steve Woolgar of the Virtual Society? Programme. And with thanks, too, to Elizabeth Mills, Simon Armson, John Attree and Ian Berkoff - and of  course to everyone who participated in the research.

 


 

Information and Communication Technologies – Reshaping the Voluntary Sector?

Research Seminar

 

To book please complete the details below and return this form to:

Dr Eleanor Burt,

[Research Seminar],

Centre for the Study of Telematics and Governance,

Department of Management

Cowcaddens Rd. Glasgow Caledonian University,

Glasgow G4 0BA

 

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Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is advisable

*Bookings will be taken on a first come basis

*In the event of non-attendance, the conference fee will still be payable unless written notice of non-attendance is received two weeks before the the event.

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