Perceptions of Information Systems Objectives: A Comparison of IS Professionals from the United States and Korea


Information Systems (IS) professionals from the United States and Korea were surveyed to explore potential similarities and differences in their views on the importance of various IS objectives. The IS objectives investigated were classified according to the level of IS impact on organizations: system, user, strategic, and organizational. Overall the results indicated that the IS professionals viewed the system level objective as the most important and the organizational level objective as the least important. In addition, the results revealed that the IS professionals from the U.S. rated the system level objective as less important but rated the user and strategic level objectives as more important than did the IS professionals from Korea. The difference in the perceived relative importance of the organizational level objective was not significant. The results also demonstrated that individuals who perceived the system level objective as more important than the other objectives also perceived a higher success rate on IS projects. The results were discussed in terms of the effects of cultural influences on global IS development and potential inaccurate perceptions of IS success.


Management and Information Technology

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IS objectives, perceived project success rate, long-term versus short-term orientation

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Journal of global information technology management