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Research in applying the financial appraisal profile model to an information communication technology project within a professional association

Frank Lefley (Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 4 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on research in applying the financial appraisal profile (FAP) model to an information communication technology project within a professional association and to evaluate the model's effectiveness and acceptability.

Design/methodology/approach

The FAP model incorporates both rationalistic and hermeneutic paradigms. An action research/single case study approach has been use to “evaluate” the model in a real life situation.

Findings

It is shown that the model addresses many of the issues it set out to address and is perceived by both senior and corporate management as an effective tool in the evaluation of capital assets such as information technology (IT) projects. Important issues regarding, what has been termed, “groupthink” and the influence of a “project champion” on the evaluation of capital projects are also highlighted. The inclusion of what has been termed “the IT score” further enhances the models applicability to IT projects.

Research limitations/implications

Although the practical application of the model provides credible evidence for its pragmatic support, this is limited by the fact that it is based on a single case study.

Practical implications

It is hoped that practitioners will find the FAP model more pragmatic than their existing capital investment appraisal methods/procedures and that it will result in improved decision making.

Originality/value

The FAP model is a new concept and this is the first study in applying this model to an actual real life capital project. It also shows how a Delphi approach can be used in a practical setting.

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Citation

Lefley, F. (2008), "Research in applying the financial appraisal profile model to an information communication technology project within a professional association", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 233-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538370810866359

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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