Mechanisms of Power Inscription into IT Governance: Lessons from Two National Digital Identity Systems

Rony Medaglia*, Ben Eaton, Jonas Hedman, Edgar A. Whitley

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Establishing IT governance arrangements is a deeply political process, where relationships of power play a crucial role. While the importance of power relationships is widely acknowledged in IS literature, specific mechanisms whereby the consequences of power relationships affect IT governance arrangements are still under‐researched. This study investigates the way power relationships are inscribed in the governance of digital identity systems in Denmark and the United Kingdom, where public and private actors are involved. Drawing on the theoretical lens of circuits of power, we contribute to research on the role of power in IT governance by identifying two distinct mechanisms of power inscription into IT governance: power cultivation and power limitation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation Systems Journal
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)242-277
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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Published online: 2. Februar 2021.


  • Denmark
  • Digital identity
  • IT governance
  • Power
  • United Kingdom

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