Endless bad projects, or evidence-based practice? An agenda for action

Briony Oates, David Wainwright, Helen Edwards

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This short position paper promotes the need for more evidence based practice to underpin the successful execution of information systems (IS) projects. This research responds to the high numbers of IS projects that are seen to have failed in terms of either one or many success criteria such as: not meeting original objectives, running over budget, negatively impacting on people, processes or organizations, to name but a few. We advocate the need for the development of a more rigorous evidence base for IS research similar to those used in medicine or more recently in social studies and software engineering. For example, Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs) and also Meta-Analysis of empirical research studies could be used more extensively within IS to compile more coherent, consistent and referable bodies of evidence and knowledge. We conclude with a 7 point action plan and suggestions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrand Successes and Failures in IT: Public and Private Sectors
EditorsYogesh K. Dwivedi, Helle Zinner Henriksen, David Wastell, Rahul De'
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages670
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-38861-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIFIP8.6 Grand Successes and Failures in IT - Bangalore, India
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


ConferenceIFIP8.6 Grand Successes and Failures in IT
Period1/01/13 → …
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