A history of the factors involved in decisions on the adoption of computers to the Queensland government and the subsequent initial problems, 1956-1984

Kelk, Michael John (2003) A history of the factors involved in decisions on the adoption of computers to the Queensland government and the subsequent initial problems, 1956-1984. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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This thesis examines the introduction of computers into Queensland Government from the late 1950s. It examines the extent to which there was an awareness of the problems of information technology that emerged over the next forty years and in particular the decision-making processes and arguments that determined major outcomes. It reveals that many Government Departments were overloaded with paper-work bottlenecks and the coming of decimal currency posed a significant problem due to the mammoth task of currency conversion. These pressures, when combined with the increasing costs of labour, became the justification for the introduction of computers. The decision to introduce computers was considered an inevitable business decision that stemmed from installing earlier punched card technologies. Some years later the problems of unemployment and privacy were realised but it was too late to turn back. Computers were here to stay. Thus, this thesis highlights some key issues relating to government decision-making processes surrounding significant new technology applications. It also provides an opportunity to examine Cabinet minutes, submissions and decisions in relation to technological innovation. In essence it is a study of decision-making, which aims to develop a better understanding of how governments deal with possible future ethical and policy dilemmas associated with major technological innovation.

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ID Code: 36410
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Hutton, Peter
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Humanities and Human Services, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Technological innovations Economic aspects Queensland, politics and government, Queensland, history, public administration, technological innovation, computers, information systems, decision-making, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Michael John Kelk
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 01:42

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