Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 1989

Managing Information Technology: System Development

by James I. Cash Jr. and Thomas H. Davenport


Provides an overview of the system development process in large organizations. Describes traditional life cycle approaches as well as more recent methods, e.g., prototyping. The objective is to familiarize students with the terminology and issues involving system development that arise in other MIS cases and discussions. A rewritten version of an earlier note.

Keywords: Design; Information Technology; System;


Cash, James I., Jr., and Thomas H. Davenport. "Managing Information Technology: System Development." Harvard Business School Background Note 189-132, January 1989.