Evaluating the impact of IT investments: use of a multi-period profit-linked productivity measurement model

Rao, Mohan, and Mandal, Purnendu (2012) Evaluating the impact of IT investments: use of a multi-period profit-linked productivity measurement model. International Journal of Business Information Systems, 9 (3). pp. 278-294.

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Measuring the impact of investments in IT is still elusive. The perplexing productivity paradox phenomenon generated huge interest among IT researchers and produced numerous methods for impact measurement. But there is no robust model which can clarify clearly the business productivity and IT investment issues. In general, the measurement models have failed to show clear linkage between IT investment, employee productivity, operational costs and revenues. This paper explores further the productivity paradox, and then describes a multi-period profit-linked productivity measurement model that can demonstrate to managers the link between IT investments, productivity and profitability. For practical utility, the model is implemented in a spreadsheet application so that managers can test various policy options. The paper presents the benefits of this model and discusses possible future extensions.

Item ID: 24680
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1746-0972
Keywords: productivity paradox; performance measurement; American Productivity and Quality Center; American Productivity Center; APC model; profitability; information technology; communications technology; ICT investment; ICT valuation; ICT business value; spreadsheet models; scenario analysis; impact measurement; employee productivity; operational costs; revenues; multi-period measurement model; profit-linked measurement model; productivity measurement model; managers; spreadsheet applications; policy options; business information systems
Date Deposited: 06 May 2013 22:39
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1403 Econometrics > 140303 Economic Models and Forecasting @ 30%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080605 Decision Support and Group Support Systems @ 70%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910404 Productivity (excl. Public Sector) @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 40%
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