Why Do IS Projects Fail? (Hint: You probably already know the answer!)

An article in MIT’s Sloan Management Review (http://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/embracing-digital-technology/) describes why IT projects so often fail to achieve their intended outcomes. The explanation emphasizes leadership failure specifically, but I believe a closer read really points to three core problems: (1) failure … Continue reading

How good are you at multitasking? Try this game …

I recently came across an article showing that laptops in the university classroom lowers performance, both for the student using the laptop as well as for those seated nearby: Junco, R., 2012. In-class multitasking and academic performance. Computers in Human … Continue reading

Can technology leaders really have charisma?

Despite a decent performance by Ashton Kutcher, Joshua Stern’s biopic on the late Steve Jobs has been panned by critics and audiences (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jobs/). A more compelling, free(!), and “gritty” watch can be found in Steve Jobs The Lost Interview — … Continue reading

Communities of practice and individual learning outcomes

Research Question: What essential behaviours do members of a community of practice engage in, and how can they be measured? Abstract: The community of practice (CoP) concept has grown in popularity, yet remains under-studied. In particular, we have not developed … Continue reading

Top Management Support of Enterprise Systems

Research Question: What supportive actions do top managers engage in during IS implementations? How do these actions affect IS implementation outcomes? Abstract: Despite the general consensus regarding the critical role of top management in the information systems (ISs) implementation process, … Continue reading

Understanding Sustained Participation in OSS Projects

Research Question: What mechanisms sustain long-term voluntary developer participation in OSS communities? Abstract: Prior research into open source software (OSS) developer participation has emphasized individuals’ motivations for joining these volunteer communities, but it has failed to explain why people stay … Continue reading

Stanford Prison Experiments

I came across the Stanford Prison Experiments while working on a paper exploring cybercrime. In 1971, a professor of Psychology at Stanford University named Philip Zimbardo conducted a bizarre experiment in which 24 students agreed to act as inmates in … Continue reading