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Outlining organisational failure in information systems development

Markos Goulielmos (Appointed Lecturer in Information Systems, Department of Digital Systems and Technology Education, Piraeus University, Aghia Paraskevi, Greece.)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 October 2003



Defines the concept of “organisational failure” in information systems (IS) development, and proposes a diagnostic model drawn from research done into IS consultancy firms that develop systems using a variety of methodologies. The research involved a qualitative study aimed at the nature of the development process and the role of organisational issues in this process. The model’s elements and relationships were determined by the research findings. Presents two cases of failure that show how IS failure is rooted in organisational pathology and examine existing failure concepts. The concept and model proposed can be used by practitioners and management before and during a project for diagnosing organisational failure before it interferes with IS development and afterwards for extracting deeper rooted organisational learning from failure.



Goulielmos, M. (2003), "Outlining organisational failure in information systems development", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 319-327.




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