Timing Strategies for Feasibility Studies in Information Systems Development

Timing Strategies for Feasibility Studies in Information Systems Development

Shailendra Palvia (Babson College, USA) and Prashant Palvia (Memphis State University, USA)
Copyright: © 1990 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1990010102
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Abstract

The feasibility study has been prescribed and described as an important step in information system development. One of the key issues pertaining to the feasibility study is its time of preparation and presentation during the system development life cycle. Systems analysis and design texts suggest different timings for its preparation and presentation; informal survey of forty seven organizations reveals that the feasibility studies are not being performed on a formal basis and that the timings used by them are different from the ones recommended by texts; and finally results from our quasiexperimental study indicate that there is a divergence of views among analysts and users regarding the appropriate feasibility study timings. Based on our results, three alternate strategies are recommended for conducting feasibility studies, and a contingency model is proposed for strategy selection.

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