Returns on Investments in Information Technology: A Research Synthesis

Posted: 19 Apr 2002

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Bruce Dehning

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics

Vernon J. Richardson

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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Abstract

Understanding the return on investments in information technology is the focus of a large and growing body of research. The objective of this paper is to synthesize this research and develop a model to guide future research in the evaluation of information technology investments. We focus on archival studies that use accounting or market measures of firm performance. We emphasize those studies where accounting researchers with interest in market-level analyses of systems and technology issues may hold a competitive advantage over traditional IS researchers. We propose numerous opportunities for future research. These include examining the relation between IT and business processes, and business processes and overall firm performance, understanding the effect of contextual factors on the IT-performance relation, examining the IT-performance relation in an international context, and examining the interactive affects of IT spending and IT management on firm performance.

Keywords: information technology, literature review, performance measures, returns, market measures, accounting measures, research opportunities

JEL Classification: M41, O14

Suggested Citation

Dehning, Bruce and Richardson, Vernon J., Returns on Investments in Information Technology: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307839

Bruce Dehning

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics ( email )

333 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
United States

Vernon J. Richardson (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville ( email )

401 WCOB
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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