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Project failure en masse: a study of loose budgetary control in ISD projects

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dc.contributor.author Conboy, Kieran en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-08T10:16:07Z en
dc.date.available 2010-11-08T10:16:07Z en
dc.date.issued 2010-05-18 en
dc.identifier.citation Conboy, K. Project failure en masse: a study of loose budgetary control in ISD projects. Eur J Inf Syst, 19(3), 273-287 en
dc.identifier.issn 0960-085X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/1368 en
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the tightness of budgetary control over projects in a large systems development multinational. This represents a case of extreme information systems development (ISD) failure en masse, where all but two of the 22 projects in a business unit went over budget, causing senior executives to refocus their strategic priorities and cancel all current and potential projects that followed. This study focuses specifically on the two best performing (12 and 4% under budget) and worst performing (223 and 320% over budget) of these projects. Using a framework drawn from control systems theory, this study examines the ¿tightness¿ of budgetary control exerted over each project, and what was done or could have been done to avert such failure. The study then identifies a set of emerging factors affecting tight budgetary control in ISD. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Palgrave Macmillan en
dc.subject Budgeting en
dc.subject System development en
dc.subject Control en
dc.subject Project management en
dc.subject Accountancy and Finance en
dc.title Project failure en masse: a study of loose budgetary control in ISD projects en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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