Title

Examining the Coalition Dynamics Affecting IS Project Abandonment Decision-Making

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Despite recent reports that suggest growing evidence of a higher rate of information systems project success, experts have warned against complacency over the risks associated with project failure. While IS project failure has been attracting constant attention in recent years, IS project abandonment—which is a subset of the larger organizational issues of IS failure—has been largely ignored. This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the project abandonment phenomenon. We undertook a case study of an abandoned electronic procurement project to investigate the coalition dynamics affecting project abandonment decision-making—an area that is remotely addressed in the project abandonment literature. We found that antecedent conditions, level of coping with uncertainty, level of substitutability, and level of centrality are key issues in the coalition dynamics that influence project abandonment decisions. Research and practical implications of these findings were discussed, and we concluded with a summary of the contributions of this study and a note on its limitations.

Discipline

Accounting | Management Information Systems | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Accounting Information System

Publication

Decision Support Systems

Volume

42

Issue

2

First Page

639

Last Page

655

ISSN

0167-9236

Identifier

10.1016/j.dss.2005.03.001

Publisher

Elsevier B.V