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Journal Issue
Volume 16 Issue 1, ECIME 2012 / Jun 2013  pp1‑84

Editor: Dr. David Sammon, Dr. Tadhg Nagle

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Editorial of the ECIME 2012 Special Issue of EJISE  pp1‑2

Dr. David Sammon, Dr. Tadhg Nagle

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IT Risk Management: A Capability Maturity Model Perspective  pp3‑13

Val Hooper anMarian Carcaryd Tarika Kalidas

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Do IS consultants enhance IS competences in SMEs?  pp14‑25

Adrian Bradshaw, Paul Cragg, Venkat Pulakanam

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Abstract

Abstract: Many small and medium‑sized enterprises (SMEs) turn to consultants for assistance with IS projects, for example, to help the firm select and implement a new system. Prior studies have shown that consultants have a major influence on IS success for SMEs. However, despite its importance to IS success, relatively little research has focused on the relationship between SMEs and IS consultants and whether this relationship has any impact or influence on the development of IS competences in SMEs. T his study investigates whether consultants compensate for or enhance an SMEs IS competences during a major IS project. A multiple case study approach was adopted involving SMEs who implemented an Accounting Information System (AIS). The case firms prov ide evidence that SMEs lack many IS skills and abilities. The study identified a number of competences that are compensated or enhanced by consultants. The major finding of this study is that IS consultants help SMEs overcome a lack of IS competences, rat her than help develop IS competences within an SME. Managing the relationship between consultant and SME is crucial for SMEs lacking many IS competences. 

 

Keywords: Keywords: IS projects, IS consultants, SMEs, competences, Resource-based Theory, Accounting Information System

 

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