Professional Analysts and the Ongoing Construction of IT Governance

Professional Analysts and the Ongoing Construction of IT Governance

Johan Magnusson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1779-7.ch005
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This article addresses the role of the professional analysts as actors within the field of IT Governance. Through a content analysis of over 400 reports from the largest commercial research firm, instances of normative statements are identified and analyzed. With the intended target group of the reports being Chief Information Officers, the findings show that the content of IT Governance has changed during the last three years. This is discussed in relation to the role that professional analysts play in an ongoing construction of IT Governance. The article concludes by identifying possible risks and benefits involved in using professional analysts as sources for best-practice, as well as calling for a more practice-based definition of IT Governance.
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The background for this article combines theoretical findings from such diverse fields as management accounting, sociology, IT management and Organizational theory. After a brief introduction to one of many streams of Institutional theory, the concept of genre is presented followed by a theoretical view of the professional analyst working as a supplier of ideas under market-like conditions.

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