An empirical test of the strategic-grid model of information systems planning

Tukana, Semi and Weber, Ron (1996) An empirical test of the strategic-grid model of information systems planning. Decision Sciences, 27 4: 735-765. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5915.1996.tb01833.x

Author Tukana, Semi
Weber, Ron
Title An empirical test of the strategic-grid model of information systems planning
Journal name Decision Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-7315
Publication date 1996
Year available 1996
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1540-5915.1996.tb01833.x
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 735
End page 765
Total pages 31
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 1996
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Contingency models of information systems planning predict that no single planning approach will suit all organizations' needs. Little empirical research has been undertaken, however, to evaluate this prediction. Accordingly, we used McFarlan, McKenney, and Pyburn's (1983) strategic-grid model to study the information systems planning problems encountered by 49 governmental agencies. Twenty-seven agencies were required to follow a planning approach best suited to organizations that had a high level of dependence on both their existing and proposed systems. We predicted that agencies not having these characteristics would encounter the most problems with the approach. The remaining 22 agencies could choose their own planning approach. We studied this latter group to determine whether the problems encountered by the first group could be attributed to the mandated approach. Overall, the empirical results obtained were equivocal. Some results indicated that more planning problems were encountered by agencies in which the mandated approach was not appropriate to their position in the strategic grid. Other results were not supportive of this proposition. More work needs to be undertaken, therefore, to evaluate the predictive and explanatory power of contingency models of information systems planning. In addition, our research indicates a need to develop more rigorous theories of information systems planning behaviors, to improve the instruments needed to measure these behaviors, to explore the relationship between information systems planning behaviours and organizational effectiveness, to investigate how organizational learning impacts planning behaviors, and to determine the types of information systems planning problems that diffuse through organizations and those that remain localized.
Keyword Management
Stage hypothesis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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