Evaluating IS/IT projects: Emergence of equivocality in practice

Arviansyah, Ton Spil, Jos van Hillegersberg

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Abstract

Equivocality has been indicated as the problem instigating erratic and hasty decisions of escalation and abandonment of ongoing IS/IT projects. However, research pertaining to examine the emergence of equivocal situations in practice is still limited. Extant literature is analyzed to develop an a-priori set of potential causes and a framework for examining equivocal situations through case studies. Three major findings are noted. First, the emergences of equivocal situations were associated with the problematic nature of information concerning the project condition or status, diverse interpretations toward the evaluation objects, and limitations of data and information to support decision-making. Second, the object of evaluation within the content of evaluation is found to be the most critical part to inducing equivocal situations during the evaluation of IS/IT project. Finally, the potential elements that can be used to indicate the causes of equivocal situations are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013 - Hyperconnected World
Subtitle of host publicationAnything, Anywhere, Anytime
Pages1480-1492
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 15 Aug 201317 Aug 2013

Publication series

Name19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013 - Hyperconnected World: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime
Volume2

Conference

Conference19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period15/08/1317/08/13

Keywords

  • Abandonment
  • Decision
  • Equivocality
  • Escalation
  • Evaluation
  • Information systems
  • Project management
  • Technology

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