Examining the Coalition Dynamics in Affecting IS Project Abandonment Decision-Making

Decision Support System (42:2), 2006, pp. 639-655

Posted: 21 Apr 2013

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Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Shan Pan

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Date Written: June 21, 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.

Keywords: Information systems project abandonment; Coalition dynamics; Case Study Approach

JEL Classification: M40

Suggested Citation

Pan, Gary and Pan, Shan, Examining the Coalition Dynamics in Affecting IS Project Abandonment Decision-Making (June 21, 2006). Decision Support System (42:2), 2006, pp. 639-655. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2254470

Gary Pan (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900
Singapore

Shan Pan

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

Bukit Timah Road 469 G
Singapore, 117591
Singapore

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