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Infusing an architectural framework with neo-institutional theory: Reports from recent change management initiatives within the Swedish public administration
Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden .
Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden .
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences Volume 4, 2006, Article number1579424, Pages 67b, 2006, 67b- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Swedish public administration is currentlyundergoing radical change towards dynamic modelsof governance relying on a high level of intergovernmentalcollaboration. This high level ofinteroperability between governmental organizationsand the subsequent quality of service for citizens andcompanies depending on the services provided bygovernment is summarized in the vision-statement ofthe 24-hour government (24-timmarsmyndigheten).According to the primary actor‘s (Statskontoret)recommendation, this vision is to be realized throughthe application of web-service based technology,resulting in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).The purpose of this paper is to investigate a possibleinfusion of a previously developed architecturalframework for change management with neoinstitutionaltheory. The results show that neoinstitutionaltheory could be used to infuse thearchitectural framework with aspects regardingprimarily history and legitimacy, but also with anoverall contradictory perception of change. Given thevast differences in fundamental assumptionsunderlying the architectural framework and neoinstitutionaltheory, the paper concludes that theseresults are however somewhat problematic.

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2006. 67b- p.
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94885DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2006.223DocumentISBN: 978-076952507-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-94885DiVA: diva2:656589
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39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS'06; Kauai, HI; United States; 4 January 2006 through 7 January 2006
Available from: 2013-10-16 Created: 2013-10-16 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Doing IT project alignment: Adapting the Delta model using design science
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Doing IT project alignment: Adapting the Delta model using design science
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Despite the perceived importance of IT, a majority of IT projects fail to deliver what was actually ordered (!). One main reason for failure is IT project management’s inability to adapt and react to a dynamic and changing project environment, instead, projects are run as if it is possible to predict all project variables before project start.

In reality, IT project workers live in a dynamic, political and commercial environment where it is difficult to predict and control the future. IT projects needs to be continually aligned with their environment to stay relevant and deliver utility.

Through a design science and action research approach, a model supporting IT project managers with IT project alignment is created and tested. The model is called DELTA and is designed to be easy to understand and use for IT project managers; it builds on a simplification of commonly available approaches in order to facilitate communication the different domains of expertise in IT projects. DELTA builds on four main constituents: Enterprise images, Stakeholders, Goals and Project. Guidelines for using the model is also presented.

Experiences from using the model indicates that the model is perceived as a useful complement to regular project management methods, specifically by merging different conceptual perceptions into a common view. Furthermore, results highlight the conflict between IT project alignment and the traditional project model. Finally, the results show the difference between IT project issues and underlying causes for these issues.

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Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences; Stockholm University, 2013. 167 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 13-010
Keyword
IT, project, alignment, agile, governance, architecture, pragmatic, design science, action research
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Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94891 (URN)978-91-7447-788-7 (ISBN)
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2013-11-15, Sal C, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-10-24 Created: 2013-10-16 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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