Title

Information Systems Project Abandonment: A Case of Political Influence by the Stakeholders

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

This paper serves as a stimulus to investigators to examine the role organizational politics plays in decisions leading to the abandonment of information systems (IS) projects. While prior research has identified the development of IS projects as a highly political process, where stakeholders may be more concerned about furthering their self-interests than about contributing to the overall success of the project, there has been little research on identifying the political factors contributing to IS project abandonment. Our case demonstrates six types of political action that took place that caused an electronic commerce (e-commerce) project to be abandoned. Finally, when analyzing mistakes and their principal causes, there is one important lesson that we should learn. That is, all organizations make mistakes and there is the potential for learning from project abandonment experiences.

Discipline

Accounting

Research Areas

Accounting Information System

Publication

Technology Analysis and Strategic Management

Volume

15

Issue

4

First Page

457

Last Page

466

ISSN

0953-7325

Publisher

Carfax

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