This paper argues for a greater emphasis on the sociocultural aspects in the teaching, research and practice of IS project management. It does not advocate disregarding the technical aspects, but suggests that an equal regard for these other key elements for the successful development of information systems is appropriate, indeed essential. Guidelines are provided for ensuring these are considered in any IS project development. These guidelines are formed from an analysis of some key case studies in IS project success and failure and include stakeholder analysis, top manager as champion, participation, long term strategic planning, training and education, taking account of cultural differences, and equal consideration of qualitative measures.
AVISON, D. and TORKZADEH, R. (2013). Getting the Right Balance in IS Project Management: Seven Guidelines for an Equal Emphasis on the Sociocultural Aspects. In: Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems – Aligning Technology, Organizations and People.