Gaining Knowledge from Post-Mortem Analysis to Eliminate Electronic Commerce Project Abandonment
Gary S.C. Pan (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK) and Donal Flynn (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK)
Copyright: © 2003
This paper serves as a stimulus to investigators to examine the role project postmortem analyses plays in learning from abandoned electronic commerce (e-commerce) projects. While prior research has identified the importance of the review process, there has been very little research on project postmortems on abandoned e-commerce projects. The case demonstrates six critical factors to conduct successful project reviews, highlights cultural impacts that might influence their effectiveness and offers several important managerial guidelines. 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 abandonment experiences.