Large IT projects as interventions in digital ecosystems

Sandeep Purao, Kevin Desouza

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Abstract

Large IT projects, such as the US Government's Internal Revenue Service Business Modernization Effort, can take a decade or more and consume billions of dollars. Traditional approaches to the study of such projects emphasize concerns such as monitoring requirements and tracking progress. We propose an alternative approach guided by a digital ecosystems view instead of a hierarchical, decision-oriented view. We argue that a digital ecosystem perspective is more suited to understand how such projects evolve and cause changes in the underlying digital ecosystem characterized by not only the IT infrastructure but also the transactional relationships among stakeholders. We illustrate our arguments by drawing on an archaeological case study of the IRS effort, and discuss implications of the digital ecosystem perspective for the study of large IT projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10
Pages9-16
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventInternational Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Oct 26 2010Oct 29 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10
CountryThailand
CityBangkok
Period10/26/1010/29/10

Keywords

  • Case study
  • Ecosystem
  • IRS
  • Large IT projects
  • Longitudinal analyses
  • Secondary data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modeling

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    Purao, S., & Desouza, K. (2010). Large IT projects as interventions in digital ecosystems. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10 (pp. 9-16). (Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems, MEDES'10). https://doi.org/10.1145/1936254.1936257