Title

IT Projects: Evaluation, Outcomes and Impediments

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

Aims to identify the motivational factors for investing in information technology (IT), the impediments to IT investments and the outcomes of the planning and implementation of IT projects by chartered accountants in Australia. The results indicate that firms are motivated to invest in IT primarily for five reasons. IT investments face a number of challenges, the most prominent being the need to keep up with technology, which is likely to worsen as the technology cycles continue to shorten. Identifies resource procurement, lack of appropriate development tools, lack of proper planning or project management and user resistance to change as the four main problems encountered in implementation of IT projects. Many IT projects were undertaken for the purpose of improving efficiency within the organisation and reducing costs, rather than more strategic usage such as providing a flexible IT infrastructure or aligning IT with corporate strategy. The results suggest that firms have largely only utilised IT in their internal operations, rather than for strategic reasons.

Discipline

Accounting | Education | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Corporate Reporting and Disclosure

Publication

Benchmarking

Volume

10

Issue

4

First Page

325

Last Page

342

ISSN

1463-5771

Identifier

10.1108/14635770310484962

Publisher

Emerald