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

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

Technology-Mediated Learning

Research Question: How do students learn in technology-mediated environments? Abstract: Technology-mediated learning refers to an environment in which the learner’s interactions with learning materials, peers, and/or instructors are mediated through information technologies (Alavi and Leidner, 2001). The objective of this … Continue reading

Remote Leadership, Communication, & Performance

Research Question: How is leader performance influenced by leadership style, physical distance, and communication effectiveness between leaders and followers? Abstract: As remote work arrangements have gained in popularity, workforce dispersion has become increasingly widespread. Little research to date has examined … Continue reading

Implementing Innovation

Research Question: What are the relationships among innovation-values fit, implementation climate, and implementation effectiveness? Abstract: Despite a substantial volume of research activities on innovation implementation, implementation outcomes continue to disappoint—particularly those related to large-scale information systems (ISs) implementation projects. In … Continue reading