The Effect of User Involvement on System Success: A Contingency Approach

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Despite the fact that commercial computer systems have been in existence for almost three decades, many systems in the process of being implemented may be classed as failures. One of the factors frequently cited as important to successful system development is involving users in the design and implementation process. This paper reports the results of a field study, conducted on data from 42 systems, that investigates the role of user involvement and factors affecting the employment of user involvement on the success of system development. Path analysis was used to investigate both the direct effects of the continent variables on system success and the effect of user involvement as a mediating variable between the contingent variables and system success. The results show that high system complexity and constraints on the resources available for system development are associated with less successful systems.
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Author Peter Tait and Iris Vessey
Year 1988
Volume 12
Issue 1
Keywords User involvement, system success, user information satisfaction, user attitudes, system impact, system complexity, resource complaints
Page Numbers 91-108
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