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Organizational Structure in IT Governance: A Case Study of an IT Governance Implementation Project
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2015 (English)In: AMCIS 2015 Proceedings, Association for Information Systems, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The organizations today need to apply proper IT governance for beneficial IT investments.. This research focuses on how the organization structure should be done through the IT governance mechanisms application. A case study is done in a large Swedish constructing company using the ISO/IEC 38500:2008 IT governance standard. Several IT governance practices related to the ISO/IEC 38500:2008 standard were identified which were mostly related to “Responsibility”, “Strategy” and “Performance” compared to “Conformance” and “Acquisition” principals. The results reveal the importance of the way that the company has chosen to structure its organization around the IT project in their IT Governance mechanism. This is closely linked to the principle of “Responsibility”. Practically the standard can be used in future IT projects and the practices found in this study can be beneficial for analyzing and achieving an effective IT Governance implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Information Systems, 2015.
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122849ISBN: 978-0-9966831-0-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-122849DiVA, id: diva2:868514
Conference
21st Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2015), Puerto Rico, August 13 - 15, 2015
Available from: 2015-11-11 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2018-04-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Information Technology Governance: The Role of Organizational Culture and Structure
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Information Technology Governance (ITG) is among the most important challenges for the managers today. IT is not anymore just a supportive tool but also a strategic driver for the businesses. In the dynamic and competitive world of today, it is crucial for organizations to know how to govern IT rather than just to use it. IT governance deals with specifying responsibilities and decision rights to encourage the desirable behaviour from IT and generate value from IT investments. IT governance can impact the overall performance of organizations, however there are still difficulties in understanding IT governance and the factors that may influence it.

Organizational culture and structure are among the factors that have significant influence on many issues in an organization. According to previous research, organizational culture and structure need to be considered when implementing IT governance. However, there is a lack of research focusing on how organizational culture and structure can influence IT governance performance and implementation. Thus, the main research question addressed in this thesis is: How are organizational culture and structure related to IT governance? To address this question, this research has performed literature reviews and conducted case studies to investigate the role of organizational culture and structure on IT governance. As the first step, the previous literature was reviewed to find the gaps in the research on culture and IT governance. As the next step, four case studies were conducted to explore the influence of organizational culture and structure on IT governance. Two case studies have investigated the relation between organizational structure and IT governance implementation and performance in large organizations; and two other case studies investigated on how different types of organizational culture influence IT governance performance outcomes.

The results of this research respond to the research question by specifying the role of culture in IT governance through a categorization of prior research both from research and practice perspectives; specifying the influence of different organizational culture types on IT governance performance outcomes in different organizations; and by specifying IT organizational structure relationship with IT governance performance outcomes and IT governance implementation.

The research presented in this thesis provides both theoretical and empirical contributions to the IT governance research and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2018. p. 160
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 18-006
Keywords
IT governance, organizational culture, organizational structure, IT governance performance, IT governance implementation
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154740 (URN)978-91-7797-211-2 (ISBN)978-91-7797-212-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-06-04, L50, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, Kista, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-05-08 Created: 2018-04-04 Last updated: 2018-04-20Bibliographically approved

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