Contextual factors influencing strategic information systems planning in a network: Evaluation of two inter-municipality projects in Finland

T. Van Den Broek, T. Spil, T. Kestilä, M. Ehrenhard, H. Salmela

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Strategic Information Systems Planning (SISP) is mostly studied within organizations. Recently, preliminary attempts are made to study SISP on network level. As network studies up to now focus on the planning process and its outcome, we choose to study contextual factors that give input to the process and outcome of networked SISP. We aim to explore how different contexts may lead to different SISP approaches among networks. By analyzing the transcriptions of our audio taped interviews we derive factors that influence SISP in a network. SISP literature has been systematically reviewed to derive SISP factors on the organizational level. These factors were then combined with seminal work in the field of network literature. From these literatures we derive four major contextual factors of networked SISP: 1) the external environment, 2) the (inter)-organizational context, 3) the nature of the planned inter-organizational systems (IOS) and 4) resources committed to the SISP process. Two cases were conducted in Helsinki's metropolitan area to empirically explore factors found in the literature. The first case regarded the planning of an online identification and payment system that supports the public services of municipalities. The formulation of an IT strategy for Helsinki's metropolitan area served as a second case study. Key stakeholders of both networks were interviewed to evaluate the context, process and the effectiveness. These cases illustrate the importance of the context of planning and explain how governmental context influences the way SISP is executed in networks. Pressure from national policy for merging municipalities, increasing importance of IOS in the light of E-government and pre-existing inter-organizational structures are major factors that came forward in the cases. Both researchers and practitioners in the field of inter-agency collaboration should take contextual factors, such as the complexity or the nature of the IOS, in account.
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