Republic Polytechnic: Facilitating Feature-Function-Stakeholder Fit in Enterprise System Implementation

“Not only is technology central to our campus, administration and learning, it is a way of life at Republic Polytechnic… if we don’t do, it is going against the potential of technology. We have no choice. It’s just a question of when we do it.” – A RP Top Management Staff

The Singapore government saw the need to cater to a projected increase in the local population and offer greater variety in terms of education. Consequently, the Republic Polytechnic (RP) Act was passed by the Singapore Parliament on 8 July 2002 and RP was officially established on 1 August 2002. RP had one year to put together their infrastructure before they took in their first batch of students in July 2003. From the onset, two key pillars were formulated to guide RP. Firstly, RP went completely paperless, mobile and wireless. Staff and students owned laptops, and everything from daily lessons to exams were done electronically. Secondly, RP employed a problem-based learning educational pedagogy that was unique in Singapore, as a means of differentiating itself from other local tertiary institutions. This led to the implementation of an enterprise-wide learning management system called the Learning Environment Online system (LEO). LEO went on to become an integral part of education in RP.

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