When Cost-Efficient Technologies Meet Politics: A Case Study of Radical Wireless Network Implementation

Chen, Wenshin and Bennett, David (2010) When Cost-Efficient Technologies Meet Politics: A Case Study of Radical Wireless Network Implementation. Communications of the IBIMA, 2010. ISSN 1943-7765

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5171/2010.119470


Cost efficiency has been a dominant perspective in the traditional IT literature. However, in complex technology and business environment, the widely recognized cost efficient assumption of information technology has been increasingly challenged. Drawing from a case study of wireless network implementation situated in a politically sensitive workplace, this paper provided practice insights for IT managers in today’s networked economy. More specifically, stories experienced in the case study illustrated that despite well-calculated cost efficiency of wireless network infrastructure, the radical implementation process in the case organization encountered enormous challenges and opposition due to the fact that administrators failed to consider various stakeholders’ positions and interests. Eventually, the implementation objectives and outcome were considerably undermined. Implications from this empirical case research reemphasized the significance of understanding political forces situated in any business environment where different stakeholders hold conflicting interests. Lessons learned from the case story further encouraged IT managers and policy makers to better strategize emerging information technology in general and wireless networks in particular as the whole
global society and business environment are increasingly facing an emerging wireless world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: politics, wireless network, information technology (IT), case study
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Wenshin Chen
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2013 14:08
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11549

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