The illusion of effective management information

Fred A.B. Lohman, Henk G. Sol, Gert Jan De Vreede

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The availability of effective management information is essential when coping with today's complexity and dynamism, both within and around organisations. Information technology can be used to derive such information. The enormous amount of electronic data currently available, and the development of new technologies like data warehousing and data mining, have intensified efforts to support organisational control. However, the contribution of the management information generated is disappointing. Many projects do not produce the results that organisations expect and the added value of the implemented technology seems to be limited. This paper examines the effectiveness of management information for organisational control. Through literature research and field experiences, we identify important shortcomings of current methods, techniques, and supporting technologies. On this basis, four design guidelines for the specification of effective management information are presented. Their application is illustrated in a case study at the Dutch Internal Revenue Service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-379
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Technology, Policy and Management
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Case study
  • Data mining
  • Data warehouses
  • Decision support systems
  • Executive information systems
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Management information
  • Management information systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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