Human Resource Issues in VLITP

Human Resource Issues in VLITP

Matthew Guah (Erasmus School of Economics, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-546-7.ch007
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Abstract

The study of diffusion, adoption, and IT project implementation in popular literature relies on theories which do not address the question of why VLITP projects continue to experience delays and go over budget simply due to problems with human resources. This chapter considers that such situation is only bound to continue unless specific research work are dedicated to investigating human resource management issues involved when implementing VLITPs. It details that VLITP are likely to miss the schedule date as a result of underestimating the length of time or the amount of resources required for various tasks, but omitting a task by an incompetent member of the VLITP team could lead to an incomplete or unaccomplished outcome. Avoiding mistakes in the sequencing of project tasks can ensure VLITP meet schedule. It suggests that VLITP managers build the project schedule by orderly listing major tasks and dedicating adequate human resources that considers several different kinds of eventualities.
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The management team of a VLITP must effectively manage the resources assigned to the project. This includes the labor hours of the systems designers, the code builders, the testers and the inspectors on the various sub-projects. Human resource (HR) management also includes managing issues related to the performance of associated subcontractors. Managing VLITPs resources frequently involve more than people management. This chapter details what VLITP managers must concentrate on regarding the needs of people—project employees, vendor staff, subcontract labor—such as equipment, vehicles, communication equipment, development and testing tools, staging servers, CD burners, disks and tape, manuals, laptops, mobiles and ipods, etc. decks, mixers, microphones and speakers. Managing the people resources means having the right people, with the right skills and the proper tools, in the right quantity at the right time (Cleland, 1990).

It is widely believed that VLITP is condemned to authoritarian management, mindless work, and equally mindless waste of money (Martin et al, 2005). Critics claim that VLITPs rationality and the level of manpower are contending for the soul of businesses in the 21st century. This chapter challenges such clichés by re-conceptualizing the relation of VLITPs, rationality, and modernization. Its theme is the possibility of a truly radical reform of doing business in today’s environment.

It argues that the degradation of labor, education, and the business environment is rooted not in implementing VLITPs per se but in the anti-modernization values that govern project management. Reforms that ignore this fact usually fail, including such popular notions as a simple project for isolated functions in single unit of multi-national organizations. Desirable as these goals may be, no fundamental progress can occur in the 21st century that sacrifices millions of individuals to unrecognised/unappreciated contribution. The essence of human resource management in VLITP is to promote the value of individuals in a well-run project taking advantage of all the modern technologies available to them.

Human Resource Management

Providing satisfactory resources for VLITPs goes beyond a simplistic economic objective for the project. Considering VLITPs are managed by people with huge salaries the needs of many lower level staff that have interests in their own benefits as in benefits for the host organization must also be protected (Maslow, 1943). Consequently staff working on VLITPs frequently set objectives that fulfil their own interests as well as meeting objectives at the level that will be realistic to the all stakeholders (Forsberg, Mooz and Cotterman, 2000). As a result of these two separate interests, there are sometimes bargaining and internal politics in the formulation of project management objectives to reconcile the two objectives (Eisenhardt, 1996; Maslow, 1943). Managers of VLITPs consider the important fact that their personal objectives can only be achieved through employment when the host organization is happy that its objectives are being met to a reasonable level; though, it is not always possible to easily achieve both objectives. Such situations don’t only result to changes in objectives as the project gets on the way but also results to concerns and changes in technical environment or personal and professional aspirations.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Leslie Willcocks
Acknowledgment
Chapter 1
Matthew Guah
This chapter classifies the purpose of project management in IT projects as a means of introducing the topics covered in the book and demonstrates... Sample PDF
Introduction to Very Large IT Projects
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Chapter 2
Matthew Guah
By examining the history of what was earlier considered project management, this chapter not only points out lessons from past practices but also... Sample PDF
The Field of Project Management
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Chapter 3
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The basis upon which the objectives and policies for managing a VLITP are formulated is the need to achieve the project objectives on time and under... Sample PDF
Why Implement Very Large IT Projects
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Chapter 4
Matthew Guah
Different VLITP methodologies are capable of solving various types of problems during a project life cycle. This chapter shows that effect of VLITP... Sample PDF
Methodologies for Implementing VLITPs
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IT Governance  (pages 69-83)
Matthew Guah
VLITP managers face unprecedented expectations for their governance. These expectations are driven by mandates and other demands from host... Sample PDF
IT Governance
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IT Security  (pages 84-95)
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One area that has scarcely received attention in the IT security literature, is the role that individual compliance plays in preventing... Sample PDF
IT Security
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Chapter 7
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The study of diffusion, adoption, and IT project implementation in popular literature relies on theories which do not address the question of why... Sample PDF
Human Resource Issues in VLITP
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Chapter 8
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Medical accidents, such as those that occur as a consequence of errors in medical systems, rarely happen because of a single failure. They are... Sample PDF
Ergonomics of Very Large IT Projects
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Chapter 9
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For centuries, organizations have been trying to exchange information between their applications by linking them together. However, such application... Sample PDF
Service-Oriented Architecture: A New Platform for Very Large IT Projects
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Chapter 10
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The chapter seeks to advance the practice perspective of VLITP by drawing attention to individual, collective sub-teams and host organizational... Sample PDF
Business Process Management
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Chapter 11
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VLITP escalation has been documented to be a widespread phenomenon in the 21st century. Nearly every research in this area has portrayed escalation... Sample PDF
Outsourcing and Escalation Issues in VLITPs
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Chapter 12
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The traditional way to achieve the automatic execution of project management processes is to develop or purchase an application that executes the... Sample PDF
VLITP Management Framework
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Chapter 13
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The National Programme for Information Technology is the largest civil IT program worldwide at an estimated cost of £6.2 bn, US$ 10 billion, over a... Sample PDF
Case Study I: National Program for IT
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Chapter 14
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VLITP can shift the direction of organizations by introducing new systems and emerging technologies that can serve as a trigger for change to the... Sample PDF
Case Study II: RFID—A Technology for Enterprise Systems in the Airlines Industry
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Chapter 15
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Prediction markets have proven high forecasting performance in many areas such as politics, sports, and business-related fields, compared to... Sample PDF
Case Study III: VLITP in Public Transport— Implementing OV-Chipcard in The Netherlands
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