Only 51% of Britain's top executives have a terminal on their desks. In the first of four articles on MIT, Jane Bird reviews a Management Today survey.
Britain's bosses have woken up to information technology (IT) as a powerful strategic weapon, which seems good news for the IT industry, but many, while realising that it is not only here to stay but also to develop, are strangely reluctant to use their own fingers on the button.
An exclusive survey by Management Today has revealed that 90% of top executives perceive IT as a strategic element in building business advantage, but only 51% have a terminal on their desks. This figure suggests a far greater use of IT among senior executives than was previously thought to be the case which is some kind of good news, but, quite obviously, many are still missing out on a major source of competitive strength. They remain detached from the undoubted ben- efits that modern technology can bring to management in the way of instant information and general efficiency, not to mention the mainstream of progress. It has to be assumed that they are, possibly ashamedly, in the grip of technofear.