New driving force behind capacity building in Africa: Group support systems

Gert Jan de Vreede, Noel Jones, Rabson Mgaya

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This paper explores, through a number of case studies, the application of Group Support Systems for capacity building initiatives in various sectors in Africa. A model is introduced on the adoption of GSS in an African context. Notwithstanding skeptical expectations with respect to the successful application of the technology, the results clearly indicate (1) that there is support from key participants and top managers to use the technology, (2) that computer illiteracy does not seem to hinder successful GSS application, (3) that electronic communication does not get in the way of the traditional `verbal' meeting culture, and (4) that participants were very satisfied with the technology, the process, and the results of the electronic meetings. The case studies show the potential of applying GSS to give new momentum to capacity building and capacity mobilization efforts in Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-714
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 31st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Part 1 (of 7) - Big Island, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 6 1998Jan 9 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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