—Organizational structures are bound to influence
implementation of projects. Based on concepts borrowed from
Structuration Theory as advanced by sociology, this paper tries
to identify organizational factors that could affect the
implementation efforts of an Integrated Financial Management
Information System (IFMIS). The information system in
question has taken overtly a long time and it is not complete yet.
We set out to find out whether organizational issues are at play
in this particular project. The project under study is a
large-scale integrated information system, which aims at
strengthening and further developing Financial Management
Information in the wider public service in Kenya. The
Structuration Theory is used to help explain some of the
meanings, norms and issues of power experienced during the
implementation of the IFMIS. Without ruling out problems of
technological nature, the findings suggest that many of the
problems in the IFMIS implementation may be attributed to
organizational factors, and that certain issues are related to the
existing organization culture and structure within government.
—Organizational Structure, IFMIS,
Structuration Theory, Systems Implementation.
Indeje. W is with the Ministry of Finance-Kenya and a PhD student at the
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (corresponding author,
phone +254722848087, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Qin Z. is with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics School
of Information Management and Engineering, 200433, Guoding Road
777-Shanghai, PRC cell: +8613391211216, fax: +862165904540, email:
Cite:Indeje Wanyama and Qin Zheng, "The Fit Between Organizational Structures and IS Implementation: The Case of IFMIS in Kenya," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.2, no.2, pp. 131-137, 2011.