Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 213–227 | Cite as

An examination of the long-term business value of investments in information technology

  • Vincent J. SheaII
  • Kevin E. Dow
  • Alain Yee-Loong ChongEmail author
  • Eric W. T. Ngai


In this paper, we examine the effects of investments in Information Technology (IT) on the long term business values of organizations. The regression discontinuity design is used in this research to examine eight hundred and ten IT investment announcements collected from the period 1982–2007. Our results found that press releases can affect the market value of a firm by possibly providing investors with a better idea of a firm’s current and future operations and strategy. On the other hand, these press releases also appear to attract more transient investors. The attraction of transient investors likely suggests the market believes the IT investing firm is serious about its potential for growth and expansion.


IT investments Regression discontinuity design Event study Business value 



Alain Chong would like to acknowledge the support from National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The project is partially supported by NSFC No. 71402076.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent J. SheaII
    • 1
  • Kevin E. Dow
    • 2
  • Alain Yee-Loong Chong
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eric W. T. Ngai
    • 3
  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Nottingham University Business School China, University of NottinghamNingboChina
  3. 3.Department of Management and MarketingHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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