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Dynamics in IS Development: A Multi-Method Experiment to Measure the Effects of Disruptions during the Development Process


  • Peter Otto

    (Union Graduate College, USA)

  • Salvatore Belardo

    (University at Albany, USA)


The failure of many IS development efforts suggests that the development process, in particular the role that key antecedents play in ensuring success, is poorly understood. Information systems are based on a series of highly complex interrelated tasks that can be significantly affected by organizational (e.g., management attention), project (e.g., resources), and technical (e.g., tools) drivers. Changes or disruptions in these can have severe and, in many cases, unanticipated consequences for IS development efforts. To help understand how disruptions during the IS development initiative affect the quality of the system, we employ the system dynamics methodology to capture feedback from non-linear activities, viz., those that define a systems development effort. The results from the simulation lead to some tangible and timely recommendations to manage an IS development initiative.

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  • Peter Otto & Salvatore Belardo, 2009. "Dynamics in IS Development: A Multi-Method Experiment to Measure the Effects of Disruptions during the Development Process," International Journal of Decision Support System Technology (IJDSST), IGI Global, vol. 1(2), pages 1-19, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jdsst0:v:1:y:2009:i:2:p:1-19

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