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Involve users or fail: An IT project case study from east Africa

Procter, CT and Businge, M 2013, 'Involve users or fail: An IT project case study from east Africa' , International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM), 4 (4) , pp. 51-65.

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Abstract

Repeated surveys, and most notably those by the Standish Group, suggest that a substantial proportion of Information Technology (IT) projects fail. The literature suggests that this is in part due to a lack of user involvement in the project. The authors’ research describes the case study of a major IT system implementation project in East Africa. The paper reports on the results of both an online questionnaire and interviews with key participants. The authors’ findings suggest that the subsequent failure of this project was in large part attributable to a lack of user involvement in the definition of requirements and implementation of the system. There did not appear to be an organisational culture that recognised the significance of such participation in the project. Although there are issues of definition raised, such as the definition of success and failure, this work supports previous findings that user involvement is a key factor in IT project success and failure

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM)
Publisher: IGI Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1938-0232
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Chris Procter
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 11:05
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2015 23:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31785

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