Information systems project abandonment: A case of political influence by the stakeholders

G. S C Pan, Donal Flynn

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    This paper serves as a stimulus to investigators to examine the role organizational politics plays in decisions leading to the abandonment of information system (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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)457-466
    Number of pages9
    JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


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