Project evaluation: A mixed-method study into dilemmas in continuation decisions

Arviansyah, Yvette Ter Halle, Ton Spil, Jos Van Hillegersberg

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Abstract

Project evaluations are highly crucial for organizations to manage their information systems and technology project portfolios. This study postulates equivocal situations as the source of dilemmas hindering stakeholders to achieve proper evaluation and purposeful decisions. We examine three factors that are conceived to have high association with equivocal situations when evaluating IS/IT projects, Challenges in project management, Different frames of reference and Lack of evaluation data. The developed model is tested using a survey data of IS/IT professionals through PLS. We find the three factors are significantly affecting the occurrence of equivocal situations with the highest contribution come from the Challenges in project management. Multi-group examinations reveal distinct impacts of the three factors within public versus private sector and high versus low projects in the project evaluation ladder. Post hoc interviews suggest several interesting points especially on how to cope with equivocal situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
EditorsRalph H. Sprague, Tung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages4436-4445
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 - Kauai, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20158 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2015-March
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
CountryUnited States
CityKauai
Period5/01/158/01/15

Keywords

  • Continuation
  • Decision
  • Dilemma
  • Equivocal situation
  • Equivocality
  • Evaluation
  • Information systems project
  • Information technology project
  • Mixed-method

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