FIRM SIZE AND THE EVALUATION OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS: ISSUES AND EVIDENCE

FH Lochovsky, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, Joan BALLANTINE, LEVY Margi, Philip POWELL

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Abstract

Much empirical work has addressed the nature of information systems (IS) evaluation in large organisations. However, relatively little work has examined the nature of evaluation within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) This paper discusses IS evaluation in the context of SMEs by identifying a number of issues particularly relevant to such organisations. Drawing on the experiences of four SMEs, the paper identifies the following factors and their implications for evaluation practice, a lack of business and IS/IT strategy; limited access to capital resources; an emphasis on automating; the influence of major customers; and limited information skills. The paper draws on two alternative frameworks of evaluation which are used to explain evaluation practice within SMEs, and which help form a structure within which future research might be placed. The paper concludes with a set of propositions which constitute a research agenda for further examining evaluation practice in SMEs.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th European Conference on Information Systems
PublisherPrentice Hall
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Lochovsky, FH., Hall, P., Cliffs, E., BALLANTINE, J., Margi, LEVY., & POWELL, P. (1996). FIRM SIZE AND THE EVALUATION OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS: ISSUES AND EVIDENCE. In Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Information Systems Prentice Hall.