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Approaches to the Ex-ante Evaluation of Information Systems: A Critical Review von Walter, Sascha (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 19.07.2003
  • Verlag: GRIN Publishing
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Approaches to the Ex-ante Evaluation of Information Systems: A Critical Review

Diploma Thesis from the year 2003 in the subject Business economics - Investment and Finance, grade: 1,0 (A), Bielefeld University (Applied Computer Science), 139 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper critically reviews approaches for the evaluation of investments in information systems prior to their implementation. First, the ground for the review is prepared by examining characteristics of evaluation, information systems and value. A classification of 54 evaluation approaches identified in English and German literature is then presented. Examples of each class are reviewed and their advantages and drawbacks are discussed. Their use in evaluation practice is analysed through the examination of empirical studies and directions for future research are given. Today, a significant share of corporate funds is spent on the implementation, upgrading and maintenance of an information system (IS). Recent studies show that in 2001 the IS budget of companies worldwide accounted for an averaged 8.8% of total corporate revenues (cf. CSC, 2001). Consequently, a thorough evaluation of investments in information systems before, during and after the implementation of a project is important. However, the normative literature reports a great deal of difficulty in the appraisal of these investments (cf. Irani, 2002:11). Although IS evaluation has been an issue for both academics and managers for more than three decades now, there are still serious concerns about how to select projects for investments, how to control the development and how to measure benefits after the implementation (cf. Farbey, 1999:189). This concern has been matched by increased research activity which prevailed through two broad streams. The first stream aimed to directly measure the payoff of IS investments for companies and came to mixed conclusions (cf. Dehning and Richardson, 2002:8). The second stream addressed the question of how IS investments can actually be assessed by decision-makers and particularly focussed on the research of evaluation criteria, evaluation methods and the very nature of the evaluation process (cf. Avgerou, 2000:570). Of late, several deficiencies in the field of evaluation methods have induced calls for in-depth research. Academics have criticised the current state of the field as being immature and fragmented (cf. Mahmood and Szewczak, 1999:491) and have thus demanded 'an overview of the whole panoply of evaluation methods, together with ... the assumptions they depend on ...[in order to enable]... the identification of gaps.' (Farbey, Land and Targett, 1999: 205). [...]


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 19.07.2003
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783638207461
    Verlag: GRIN Publishing
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