Evaluating Information Technology Projects in Finland: Procedures, Follow-Through, Decision-Making and Perceived Evaluation Quality

Evaluating Information Technology Projects in Finland: Procedures, Follow-Through, Decision-Making and Perceived Evaluation Quality

Petri Hallikainen (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland), Jukka Heikkilä (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland), Ken Peffers (Rutgers University, USA), Timo Saarinen (Helsinki School of Economics, Finland) and Fons Wijnhoven (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998100103
OnDemand PDF Download:
$30.00
List Price: $37.50

Abstract

Here we investigate the evaluation of information technology (IT) projects to determine when firms evaluate IT and what the effects are on decisions made about the projects. We study evaluation over the IT project life cycle among a sample of the largest firms in Finland from a variety of industries. We also investigate the use of procedures that are explicitly designed to evaluate IT projects and whether such procedures are associated with evaluation follow-through over the life of the project, managerial decision making, and perceptions of evaluation quality. Firms in the sample seldom evaluate IT investments after the initial project proposal and when they do the evaluation seldom results in substantial system modifications or abandonment. Explicit IT evaluation methods are associated with higher levels of evaluation follow-through during development, with a greater likelihood that managers will make a decision to abandon a project, and with higher levels of some measures of perceived evaluation quality.

Complete Article List

Search this Journal:
Reset
Open Access Articles: Forthcoming
Volume 26: 4 Issues (2018): 1 Released, 3 Forthcoming
Volume 25: 4 Issues (2017)
Volume 24: 4 Issues (2016)
Volume 23: 4 Issues (2015)
Volume 22: 4 Issues (2014)
Volume 21: 4 Issues (2013)
Volume 20: 4 Issues (2012)
Volume 19: 4 Issues (2011)
Volume 18: 4 Issues (2010)
Volume 17: 4 Issues (2009)
Volume 16: 4 Issues (2008)
Volume 15: 4 Issues (2007)
Volume 14: 4 Issues (2006)
Volume 13: 4 Issues (2005)
Volume 12: 4 Issues (2004)
Volume 11: 4 Issues (2003)
Volume 10: 4 Issues (2002)
Volume 9: 4 Issues (2001)
Volume 8: 4 Issues (2000)
Volume 7: 4 Issues (1999)
Volume 6: 4 Issues (1998)
Volume 5: 4 Issues (1997)
Volume 4: 4 Issues (1996)
Volume 3: 4 Issues (1995)
Volume 2: 4 Issues (1994)
Volume 1: 4 Issues (1993)
View Complete Journal Contents Listing