Understanding successful information systems implementation is important to both information systems (IS) researchers and practitioners. Much of the current IS literature focuses on either the factors affecting IS adoption or processes through which IS are introduced in organizations, and fails to offer satisfactory explanations as to why different organizations initiate IS implementation processes differently. In this paper, we introduce the notion of organizational motivation for IS adoption and highlight its role in explaining IS implementation process by drawing on two recently undertaken research studies. We argue that organizational motives for IS adoption is an important notion that needs to be conceptualized differently for different types of information systems.