Reports on the findings of two surveys which examined the way organisations evaluate information systems/technology and other capital of investments. The issues addressed include the following: the extent of evaluation; the extent to which evaluation depends on organisational factors, such as project cost and level of organisational turnover; the existence of formal procedures of evaluation; the financial and other criteria used to evaluate investments, and their importance; and the problems organisations face when evaluating both types of investment. In addressing the above issues the study serves two objectives: first, the findings provide valuable insights regarding the way both types of investments are evaluated, which is currently lacking in both the information systems and the accounting and finance literature, and second, the findings enable confirmation or refutation of some of the popular myths which exist in the information systems literature that such investments are different, are therefore evaluated in a “different” way and present “different” problems when compared to other types of organisational investment.
Logistics Information Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1999
Keywords: Capital investment; Evaluation; Information systems; Information technology; Organizational policy
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