Critical Strategies for Information Systems Development Projects: Perceptions of Developers from the United States and Japan

Critical Strategies for Information Systems Development Projects: Perceptions of Developers from the United States and Japan

Chung S. Kim (Southwest Missouri State University, USA) and Dane K. Peterson (Southwest Missouri State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-064-6.ch013
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Abstract

This study investigated the perceptions of information systems (IS) developers from the United States and Japan with regards to the relative importance of 18 strategies that prior research has indicated are important for the successful implementation of an IS. The results of a principal components analysis revealed that the 18 IS strategies could be reduced to five components: (1) Organizational Integration, (2) Communications, (3) Characteristics of the Project Leader, (4) Characteristics of the Project Team Members, and (5) Project Development Techniques. The analysis also indicated that there were a significant difference in the perceptions of developers from the U.S. and Japan with respect to the importance of the five components. The developers from the U.S. viewed Communications as the most critical component and Project Leader Characteristics as the least important component. Conversely, developers from Japan perceived the Project Leader as the most crucial component for determining the success of an IS project. Team Member Characteristics was viewed as the least important component by developers from Japan. The results were discussed in terms of cultural differences.

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