Understanding the Board's Involvement in Information Technology Governance: Theory, Review and Research Agenda
89 Pages Posted: 30 May 2016 Last revised: 1 Aug 2016
Date Written: May 19, 2016
The body of research investigating the determinants and consequences of the board’s involvement in information technology governance (ITG) is expanding. While there is a growing consensus on the importance of the board’s involvement in ITG, the focal concept is still shrouded in confusion. Extant literature on the board's involvement in ITG is a motley of loosely-connected constructs which are ill-defined and used interchangeably. The conspicuous lack of an overarching structure has not only undermined a shared understanding and interpretation of this concept, but has also resulted in the adoption of a fragmented approach for its empirical investigation. Drawing upon well-established theories in corporate governance literature, we develop a unifying analytical (Type 1) theory delineating the board’s involvement in ITG in order to address the aforementioned issues. 308 statements representing the board’s ITG responsibilities are extracted from previous studies and examined using qualitative content analysis techniques to test and revise the proposed theory. Overall, the results indicate that our theory is comprehensive in capturing the multiple dimensions of the board’s involvement in ITG. The proposed theory can not only be used by researchers as a lens for understanding and exhaustively investigating this increasingly significant phenomenon, but also by practitioners for self-assessments, training and policy formulation.
Keywords: Corporate Boards, IT Governance, Board’s Involvement in IT Governance
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