1 Information Systems, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN2 Department of Computer Science, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN3 Research Centre for Socio-Interactive Design, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN4 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN5 Ryerson University6 Ryerson University
Lessons from a longitudinal case study of SPI implementation
A fundamental tenet of the information systems (IS) discipline holds that: (a) a lack of formal power and influence over the organization targeted for change, (b) weak support from top management, and (c) organizational memories of prior failures are barriers to implementation success. Our research, informed by organization influence, compellingly illustrates that such conditions do not necessarily doom a project to failure. In this paper, we present an analysis of how an IS implementation team designed and enacted a coordinated strategy of organizational influence to achieve implementation success despite these barriers. Our empirical analysis also found that technology implementation and change is largely an organizational influence process (OIP), and thus technical-rational approaches alone are inadequate for achieving success. Our findings offer managers important insights into how they can design and enact OIPs to effectively manage IS implementation. Further, we show how the theory of organizational influence can enhance understanding of IS implementation dynamics and advance the development of a theory of effective IS change agentry.
European Journal of Information Systems, 2014, Vol 23, p. 205-222
IS implementation; longitudinal case study; organizational influence processes; software process improvement; barriers; IS implementation; longitudinal case study; organizational influence processes; software process improvement; barriers