Culturally-induced information impactedness: A prescription for failure in software ventures

Lesley R. Matheson, Talal G. Shamoon, Robert E. Tarjan

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The impact of effective information flow in software ventures is analyzed through a recent case in which a hot, lucrative technology was lost on its way to the marketplace. The failure occurred despite the fact that the venture had many components crucial to success, including a proprietary intellectual property position, enormous market demand, a well-qualified, committed team and sufficient funding. One reason for this failure is the lack of information flows among several parties critical to the success of the venture. This case suggests that in software markets which operate at breakneck pace and have short development cycles, effective information flow is a first order priority. These blockages in information flows can stem from the nature of the cultures that are created to produce software ideas, especially proprietary technologies. The case also suggests that information can become impacted by the clash between US software market characteristics and Japanese business culture. Fortunately, there are inexpensive solutions that can substantially improve the return on investment, especially foreign investment, in new software technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-338
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 31st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Part 1 (of 7) - Big Island, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 6 1998Jan 9 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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