Sponsorship and IT vendor management of projects

Liu, Li and Yetton, Philip 2010, Sponsorship and IT vendor management of projects, Journal of information technology, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 56-64, doi: 10.1057/jit.2008.23.

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Title Sponsorship and IT vendor management of projects
Author(s) Liu, Li
Yetton, PhilipORCID iD for Yetton, Philip orcid.org/0000-0001-8290-529X
Journal name Journal of information technology
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 64
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0268-3962
1466-4437
Keyword(s) sponsor
sponsorship
project performance
Summary Project sponsorship is assumed to be critical to the success of information systems development and implementation. However, there is limited research on the effect of vendor-based sponsorship on the management of information technology (IT) projects. This paper contributes to that emerging body of evidence. Drawing on literature on psychological contract, management control and project sponsorship, the authors propose that vendor-based sponsors influence project performance in two main ways. One is to protect project quality by renegotiating contract with the client; and the other is to resource the project. Based on a survey of senior managers in IT services vendor organisations, it reports that project sponsorship improves the quality, but not the cost or timeliness, of vendor delivery of IT projects. The findings suggest that IT services vendors can improve their project delivery capability by appointing project sponsors.
Language eng
DOI 10.1057/jit.2008.23
Field of Research 150302 Business Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective 900201 Administration and Business Support Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, JIT Palgrave Macmillan
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