IT Governance Mechanisms and Administration/IT Alignment in the Public Sector: A Conceptual Model and Case Validation

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    Abstract

    The mechanisms of information technology (IT) governance have been widely recognized as practices to sustain alignment of business and IT units. However, the IT governance literature so far has drawn little attention to the possible idiosyncrasies of governance arrangements in the public sector. In this paper we propose a conceptual model to investigate the relationship between IT governance mechanisms and according performance outcomes specifically for public sector organizations. A survey instrument is developed and validated based on in-depth interviews with IT representatives from three different municipalities in Germany. A cross-case analysis particularly provides evidence for the importance of structural and relational mechanisms and demonstrates how different mechanisms can compensate each other. Our findings provide relevant insights for government practitioners and an impetus for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWirtschaftsinformatik Proceedings 2013
    Number of pages15
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2013
    Pages831-845
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik. WI 2013 - University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
    Duration: 27 Feb 20131 Mar 2013
    Conference number: 11
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    Conference

    Conference11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik. WI 2013
    Number11
    LocationUniversity of Leipzig
    CountryGermany
    CityLeipzig
    Period27/02/201301/03/2013
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    Winkler, T. (2013). IT Governance Mechanisms and Administration/IT Alignment in the Public Sector: A Conceptual Model and Case Validation. In Wirtschaftsinformatik Proceedings 2013 (pp. 831-845). Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). http://aisel.aisnet.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=wi2013