An Academic Exploration into the Core Principles and Building Blocks of COBIT 5

An Academic Exploration into the Core Principles and Building Blocks of COBIT 5

Steven De Haes (University of Antwerp – Antwerp Management School, Belgium) and Wim Van Grembergen (University of Antwerp – Antwerp Management School, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/jitbag.2012070104
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Abstract

Recently a new version of COBIT, the good-practice framework for enterprise governance of IT, was released. Although is it not always clearly articulated in its documentation, this new COBIT 5 framework incorporates many concepts and theories out of the IT and general management literature. This paper wants to position COBIT as a framework for enterprise governance of IT, and explores how the core principles and building blocks of the framework are derived from insights from theory and literature. This discussion could help or inspire other scholars to derive potential research questions and hypothesis around this practice-oriented framework, as a basis for future research programs.
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3. Enterprise Governance Of It

IT governance is a concept that has increasingly become an important issue in the IT area. It is not exactly clear when the concept as we understand it now originated. In 1998, the IT Governance Institute (www.itgi.org) was founded to disperse the IT governance concept in the practitioner area. In academic literature, articles mentioning IT governance in the title or abstract also emerged in the 1990’s (e.g. Brown & Magill, 1994; Sambamurthy & Zmud, 1999), mostly focusing on the centralization – decentralization debate. In the context of one of the mini-tracks at the academic Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS), IT governance was defined more from an holistic organizational perspective as “the organizational capacity exercised by the board, executive management and IT management to control the formulation and implementation of IT strategy and in this way ensure the fusion of business and IT” (Van Grembergen, 2002).

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