Explanations for budget and schedule overrun revisited – a configurational perspective on IT projects

Oliver Krancher, Christian Østergaard Madsen, Adam Alami, Connie Petersson

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Although the existing literature portrays information technology projects as complex, dynamic, socio-technical endeavors, research on cost and schedule performance mostly focuses on single factors in isolation. In this paper, we use a configurational approach to overcome this disconnect. We collected interview and objective data from 30 IT projects and conducted a qualitative comparative analysis to examine how configurations of project conditions relate to cost and schedule adherence. Our analysis shows four configurations associated with budget or schedule adherence: Prestigious feedback-based projects, lucky projects, disciplined projects, and team-based projects. We discuss the implications of these results for information technology project management research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings / International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems - Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 9 Dec 202214 Dec 2022


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems
LocationBella Center
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  • Project management
  • IT projects
  • IS projects
  • configurational analysis
  • QCA
  • project success
  • cost overrun
  • Schedule overrun


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