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30: IS Strategy and Governance

Track Description


This track invites papers that focus on IS strategy and governance, and has a particular interest in IS strategy and governance in the context of “the Networked Society”. We are thus interested in papers that address the IS strategy, leadership and governance challenges arising from the changing nature of (i) the IS/IT infrastructure environment (e.g. BYO technology, cloud computing, Green IT programs, etc.), (ii) the organization of the IS/IT function (e.g. outsourcing, offshoring, insourcing, open sourcing, inner sourcing, etc.) and (iii) IS/IT skills (e.g. leveraging IT savvy end users, skill shortage & knowledge loss due to the retirement of ‘baby boomers’, developing IS/IT leadership ‘at all levels’, etc.). We also welcome papers that address persistent IS strategy and governance challenges, still in need of theoretical and empirical attention.

Types of Contributions

We invite conceptual, theoretical, and empirical papers drawing on a range of strategic, organizational, and governance theories. We welcome papers at different levels of analysis (e.g. individual, group, organization, macro-economic etc.). This track is open to a wide variety of methodological approaches such as case research, experimental research, econometric analysis, surveys etc. We are interested in also attracting well-crafted review papers that aim to set a research agenda and/or encourage forward-looking debate in the area of IS strategy and governance. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The changing role of IS strategy, leadership and governance in global business environments.
  • The strategic use of IS/IT in firms, industries and networks.
  • IS strategy and governance in the context of open value creation and innovation.
  • IS strategy and governance in relation to acquisitions, mergers, divestures and other organizational transformations.
  • Green IS strategies and managing environmentally sustainable IS/IT programs.
  • IS strategy and governance in peer production environments.
  • IS strategy in local and multinational corporations.
  • Leadership and governance of in-house, outsourced, and online workforces.
  • Emerging business models for the IS function.
  • Developing IS leadership 'at all levels'.
  • Engaging the C-Suite (CEO, CFO, COO etc.) and the Board of Directors.
  • The relationship between the CIO and the CTO.
  • Strategizing, leadership and governance in inter-organizational environments.
  • Methodological approaches for studying IS strategy and governance.
  • Multi-disciplinary and new theoretical perspectives on IS strategy and governance.
  • Studies of IT/IS leadership and strategy that highlight the uniqueness of the European, Middle Eastern and African context.

Track Chairs

Patrick Finnegan

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Patrick Finnegan

Patrick Finnegan is Professor of Information Systems at the Australian School of Business, UNSW Australia. He is a Senior Editor of the Information Systems Journal and Foundations and Trends in Information Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick for research on inter-organisational systems strategy. This research and his work on IS strategy, e-business, and IS innovation has been published in the proceedings of leading IS conferences and in a variety of journals, including Information Systems Research, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Technology and People, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, DATABASE, and Electronic Markets.

Stefan Henningsson

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Stefan Henningsson

Stefan Henningsson is Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Department of IT Management, where he is engaged in several research projects on IT management. Henningsson received his PhD from Lund University, School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), based on a thesis of IS management in mergers and acquisitions. His current research addresses managerial aspects of IS in various contexts, including global IT infrastructures, and international trade processes. Previous publications include more than sixty peer-refereed papers, in journals such as Information Systems Journal, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Systems and e-Business Management, and Communications of the AIS.

Associate Editors

  • Tom Butler, University College Cork
  • Michael Cahalane, UNSW
  • William Golden, National University of Ireland
  • Robert Wayne Gregory, IESE Business School
  • Björn Johansson, Lund University
  • Gaye Kiely, University College Cork
  • Thomas Kude, University of Mannheim
  • Sabine Matook, University of Queensland
  • Lisen Selander, University of Gothenburg
  • Felix Tan, UNSW
  • Thao Phuong Trinh, RMIT University
  • Nils Urbach, University of Bayreuth
  • Till Winkler, Copenhagen Business School

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