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

Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 15(4), 2003, pp. 457-466

Posted: 21 Apr 2013

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Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Donal Flynn

Independent

Date Written: December 21, 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.

Keywords: Project abandonment, Political Influence, Stakeholder

JEL Classification: M40

Suggested Citation

Pan, Gary and Flynn, Donal, Information Systems Project Abandonment: A Case of Political Influence by the Stakeholders (December 21, 2003). Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 15(4), 2003, pp. 457-466. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2254487

Gary Pan (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

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Singapore 178900
Singapore

Donal Flynn

Independent ( email )

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