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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|8367||2007||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Government Information Quarterly, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2007, Pages 102–114
Information system (IS) project failures are so common as to be almost expected by planners. There is an expanding literature on IS project failures including both theory and case studies. This literature, however, is largely derived from private sector IS failures, despite the fact that the likelihood of failure appears higher in the public sector. This article seeks to fill the public sector case study void. It details the failure and abandonment of a large New Zealand public hospital IS development. The case corroborates findings from the private sector literature, namely that ill-planned and managed, large and multifaceted projects are more likely to fail and that contextual issues are highly influential. It also shows how much more complex project commissioning and development is in situations of public governance where political and organizational elements come to the fore. Finally, the article offers lessons for public sector IS planners.
As various assessments have found, information system (IS) project failures are almost so common as to be expected by planners. It is estimated that around 20–30 percent of projects are total failures and abandoned. Around 30–60 percent partially fail, with time and cost overruns or other problems.54. and 55. The minority of projects succeed. A recent Standish Group study found success in only 29 percent of projects.54 Failures appear to be more common in the public sector where the Royal Society of Engineering and British Computer Society found that 84 percent of projects fail.52 The costs of failures are tremendous. Across both the public and private sectors, around $US150 billion is wasted per annum on IS failures in the United States and $US140 billion in the European Union.11 There is an expanding literature on IS project failures including both theory and case studies. Some of the literature is aimed at identifying ‘factors’ or ‘variables’ that underpin successful project management and failure avoidance, including technical, managerial, planning, resourcing, and environmental factors (e.g.,24). While providing a useful checklist for planners, critics of the factor approach suggest that it is too static and focused on project control; that important factors differ across projects; and that the approach fails to account for the dynamics of social, organizational, and political life that surround any IS project.7., 34. and 41. Thus, there is also literature that seeks deeper understanding of processes and contextual issues contributing to failure in individual cases. Again, ‘factors’ are involved, but these tend to be broader in scope and inclusive of the nuances and dynamics of individual projects. This literature focuses on issues such as the organizational and project history and the political, social, and economic context surrounding the IS project (e.g.,7). IS project failure literature, however, is primarily based on private sector studies. There is an almost complete lack of public sector IS failure case studies, despite the higher incidence of failures. This article seeks to fill the void. It details the failure and abandonment of a large New Zealand public hospital IS development resulting in the waste of at least $NZ18 million ($US13million). The discussion draws on several thousand pages of documents, including reports, correspondence, and meeting minutes, obtained from involved organizations under New Zealand's Official Information Act. The case corroborates findings from the private sector literature, namely that ill-planned and managed, large and multifaceted projects are more likely to fail and that contextual issues are highly influential. It also shows how much more complex project commissioning and development is in situations of public governance where political and organizational elements come to the fore. The next section describes the IS failure and is followed by a discussion. Finally, the article considers lessons from the case for IS failure avoidance.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This article adds a public sector case to the literature on IS project failures; a literature primarily derived from private sector experience. While the case outlined in the article substantiates findings from the literature, it also shows how, in situations of public governance and management, there may be a higher risk of failure. The article is limited by the fact that it presents one case study. However, this single case approach is not uncommon in the IS failure literature. The article provides lessons for those involved in large public sector IS projects, namely that it appears critical to be fully cognizant not only of the potential problems inherent to such developments, but also of the fact that the very nature of public life brings a set of organizational and political influences on projects that private sector planners may not have to deal with. This article provides some insights but, clearly, additional case studies are required to further probe the dynamics of public sector IS project failures and to confirm whether or not the complexities of public sector work contribute to the higher public sector failure rates.