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Revisiting the trajectory of IT implementation in organisations: an IT culture perspective

Mumin Abubakre (Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
M.N. Ravishankar (School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Crispin Coombs (School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Organisational implementations of information technology (IT) normally fail due to cultural forces that inhibit the usage levels required to facilitate successful IT implementation. The purpose of this paper is to explore IT implementation from an IT culture perspective (Leidner and Kayworth, 2006). In particular, it identifies and follows the trajectory of IT culture archetypes that emerge during the implementation process and further investigates their role in facilitating successful IT implementations.

Design/methodology/approach

This research adopts the qualitative single case study approach and draws on the implementation of a management information system in a Nigerian global bank.

Findings

The findings illustrate three different IT culture archetypes and provide insights into their dynamic nature. The progressive weakening of two IT culture archetypes and the corresponding strengthening of the third archetype shows how initial vision conflicts can get transformed into vision agreements.

Originality/value

This paper extends the IT culture perspective by illustrating how a congruence relationship between IT cultures and IT artefacts can be fostered. The paper shows how diverse IT cultures can develop reasonably quickly in line with initial user experiences of a system. When IT cultures are aligned with the values embedded in IT, positive engagement and usage of the technology results strengthening the presence of embracing IT cultures.

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Citation

Abubakre, M., Ravishankar, M.N. and Coombs, C. (2017), "Revisiting the trajectory of IT implementation in organisations: an IT culture perspective", Information Technology & People, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 562-579. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-09-2015-0217

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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