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A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment

Sue Newell and Cynthia Clark Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580583
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580583.003.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment

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This article discusses information technology (IT) governance in relation to its ability. It draws upon the more general corporate governance literature as well as the specific IT governance literature. It focuses on ensuring that managers make decisions that maximize the interests of shareholders. This article combines aspects of the stakeholder and stockholder views of the firm, and considers governance to be about ensuring that IT decisions are made in the interests of the long-term sustainability of the organization. It ensures such sustainability through balancing the need to make a profit with respect for the rights of people. This governance relates to how to ensure ethical decision-making and improved corporate social responsibility so that decisions are made which focus on the sustainability of a company in social, financial, and environment context.

Keywords: information technology governance; stakeholder; sustainability; decision-making; social responsibility

Article.  13000 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Knowledge Management

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