• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2011 Vol.2(2): 131-137 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2011.V2.91

The Fit Between Organizational Structures and IS Implementation: The Case of IFMIS in Kenya

Indeje Wanyama and Qin Zheng
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—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, email_windeje@yahoo.com).
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: qinzheng@mail.shufe.edu.cn

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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.

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