Understanding the sources of information systems project failure

  • McManus J
  • Wood-Harper T
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Previous research undertaken by the authors in 2002 highlights that only one in eight information technology projects can be considered truly successful (failure being described as those projects that do not meet the original time, cost and quality requirements criteria). Despite such failures, huge sums continue to be invested in information systems projects and written off, for example the cost of project failure across the European Union was 142 billion Euros in 2004. 'Whilst our understanding of the importance of project failure has increased, many of the underlying reasons for failure still remain an issue and a point of contention for practitioners and academics alike. This paper examines through case research some of issues and casual factors of information systems project failure. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Management Services is the property of Institute of Management Services and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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  • BUSINESS failures
  • EUROPEAN Union
  • INDUSTRIAL costs
  • INFORMATION resources management
  • INFORMATION technology

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  • John McManus

  • Trevor Wood-Harper

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