Title: The productivity of large business information system development

Authors: L.R. Foulds, M. West

Addresses: Department of Management Systems, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 2020, New Zealand. ' School Information Systems, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia

Abstract: We examine key factors that influence the productivity of large business information system application development. A survey method has been selected focusing on large business information system developers in eleven organisations in Hong Kong. The purposes of this study are to identify those factors which are considered by practitioners to have the potential to enhance productivity and also to identify the factors actually adopted in everyday practice. The research indicates that significant factors which affect large business information system development productivity include creating good developmental environments, employing capable and committed IT developers, sound project management and managing IT department activities effectively. We believe that the findings are universal and may be useful to any organisation seeking to improve the productivity of its system development.

Keywords: application development; system development; business information systems; productivity; large businesses.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2007.011617

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2007 Vol.2 No.2, pp.162 - 181

Published online: 06 Dec 2006 *

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