Utilizing knowledge links in the implementation of system development methodologies
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Inf. Softw. Technol.
systems development methodology implementation; knowledge links; consultants; MANAGEMENT-CONSULTANTS; INFORMATION; TECHNOLOGY; INNOVATION; ASSIMILATION; DIFFUSION; BUSINESS; Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer Science, Software; Engineering
Developing technical 'know-how' is a slow process that can become a barrier in implementing complex administrative technologies such as a software development methodology. To overcome this barrier, organizations often seek knowledge links that can enhance learning and minimize inevitable problems that are encountered in an implementation process. This paper presents the findings of an empirical study that examines the prescribed versus actual use of external consultants, universities and vendors as knowledge links during the implementation of systems development methodologies (SDM). First, the study assesses the need and value of establishing and utilizing links to external sources of expertise for successful SDM implementation. We then identify and analyze a gap that exists between what the links to external knowledge are perceived to be capable of contributing and what the links to external knowledge are actually contributing during SDM implementation. In conclusion, possible reasons for the gap are discussed. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
Information and Software Technology
"Utilizing knowledge links in the implementation of system development methodologies" (2001). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 8180.