How and Why Do Top Managers Support or Not Support Strategic IS Projects?

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Abstract

There is much evidence that top management support is the single most important determinant of IS project success. This is especially the case in complex and large-scale IS projects. Surprisingly however, despite its crucial importance there is only limited knowledge of the types of behaviour associated with top management support and the reasons for low support levels. This research aims to address this gap by focussing on two questions: (1) Which types of behaviour constitute the top management support for strategic IS projects? and (2) Why do managers sometimes fail to provide this support? To answer these questions. we analyzed the top management support during enterprise system implementations in five different organizations. We conducted cross-case analyses to determine the range of behavioural approaches associated with this concept. Based on our research questions, we propose a taxonomy that includes six categories of supportive behaviour of top management. from which potential reasons can be derived to either support or non-support strategic IS projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise information systems - Aligning technology, organizations and people
EditorsMM CruzCunha, J Varajao, P Powell, R Martinho
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages369-379
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-24354-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - , Portugal
Duration: 5-Oct-20117-Oct-2011

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Volume220
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
CountryPortugal
Period05/10/201107/10/2011

Keywords

  • strategic IS
  • top management support
  • implementation
  • management of change
  • INFORMATION-SYSTEMS
  • ERP IMPLEMENTATION
  • CRITICAL-ISSUES
  • INVOLVEMENT
  • SUCCESS

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