Despite their often pivotal importance for the global firm, international applications of information technology are still "largely unreported [and] unstudied" (Cash, McFarlan & McKenney, 1992) if not "..generally ignored." (King & Sethi, 1993). However, while scholarly research into this field is sparse, there is an increasing amount of anecdotal evidence of serious mishaps in the development and implementation of international information systems. This research projects investigates whether there is a generic architecture common to international systems sui generis. If there is, then this could well have positive ramifications for a more sucessful development approach