Date of Award

Fall 1997

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Professional and Technical Communication - (M.S.)

Department

Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Norbert Elliot

Second Advisor

Nancy Coppola

Third Advisor

Burt Kimmelman

Abstract

Electronic Research Administration has become the current focus and future direction of the professional field of research administration. It is commonly acknowledged that by the end of this century, all administrative grant functions will be performed by means of electronic data interchange. How well positioned is New Jersey Institute of Technology, a mid-size public research university, to implement pre-award Electronic Research Administration? My research evaluates the readiness of the university community to convert its various pre-award manual processes to an on-line system. The proposed evaluation takes place through a series of internal questionnaires and structured interviews with subject matter experts. Further, the research targets implementation strategies. This report, then, describes the proposed project, first delineating the research background then outlining the necessary steps toward implementation by examining Cognitive Dissonance Theory as it relates to persuasive communication techniques. A comprehensive review of the collected data will help NJIT take the initiative to secure its future in the competitive realm of research funding.

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