Equivocality in IS/IT Project Evaluation: Model Development and Pilot Study

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IS/IT projects are perceived as ventures which are prone to failure and may lead to disruptive conditions. Evaluating the continuation of projects is highly important for stakeholders and decision makers. However, this event is hampered by the problem of equivocality. The main objective of this study is to examine the equivocal situations and their causes in inducing the ambiguity toward the projects next course of action. A theoretically grounded research model is constructed that postulates the influence of content, context and process of evaluation on the extent of equivocal situations prevailed when evaluating IS/IT projects. This paper describes development of the model and the measurements. By surveying knowledge professionals experienced in IS/IT project management, the model is tested using Partial Least Squares (PLS). The paper presents a discussion of the initial findings and conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCENTERIS 2014 - Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems / ProjMAN 2014 - International Conference on Project MANagement / HCIST 2014 - International Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2024


  • Equivocality
  • evaluation
  • information system/technology projects
  • exploratory model
  • pilot test


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