The IT21 Checkup for IT Fitness: Experiences and Empirical Evidence from 4 Years of Evaluation Practice

Teubner, Rolf Alexander


Zusammenfassung
This paper reports on the development and application of an instrument to evaluate the overall IT fitness of medium sized enterprises. The instrument was designed in 1997 as part of an applied research project with the close co-operation of scientists and consultants, as well as various market and technology experts. The resulting toolset has by now been applied to approximately one thousand enterprises mainly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This paper discusses the underlying framework for the measurement of IT fitness and describes the basic decisions involved in instrument design. A basic problem for developing such an evaluation instrument is the so called “IT productivity paradox”: Empirical studies do not yield direct positive relationships between the intensity of IT-usage and business productivity. The paper introduces explanations for the productivity paradox and discusses assumptions on the productive use of IT. This discussion serves as a basis for the formulation of a number of hypotheses on IT-fitness that have entered the framework underlying the IT21 Toolset. The fundamental hypotheses of the framework are finally reassessed statistically based on the data collected with the instrument during the years from 1998 to 2002.



Publikationstyp
Bericht (Arbeits-, Forschungs-, Jahresbericht)

Begutachtet
Nein

Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht

Jahr
2005

Buchtitel
Working Papers, European Research Center for Information Systems No. 2

Herausgeber
Becker J, Backhaus K, Grob HL, Hoeren T, Klein S, Kuchen H, Müller-Funk U, Thonemann UW, Vossen G

Anzahl der Seiten
39

Band
2

Reihe
ERCIS Working Papers

Verlag
ERCIS - European Research Center for Information Systems

Ort
Münster

Sprache
Deutsch

ISSN
1614-7448

Gesamter Text

Affiliierungen
ERCIS - European Research Center for Information Systems