Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Information technology governance maturity and technology innovation in higher education: Factors in effectiveness
by Carraway, Deborah Louise, M.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2015, 113; 1591474
Abstract (Summary)

Prior research has explored many facets of innovation, provided models of governance maturity, and analyzed the impact of corporate decision-making on innovation. However, there is little research on IT governance maturity in higher education or on IT innovation in organizations outside of the IT industry. Findings from previous research were ambiguous regarding whether a mature IT governance process helps or hinders innovation. This study fills a gap in existing knowledge by reviewing the literature and examining the interaction of IT governance and information technology innovation at five major U.S. universities. It provides insights into the structures and processes necessary for IT governance to facilitate technology innovation and the factors required for effective IT governance in higher education.

Highly effective IT governance processes focused on collaboration and communication were associated with greater integration of radical innovation into institutional processes than effective IT governance processes that focused primarily on the prioritization of large enterprise projects. Incremental technology innovations were pervasive among all schools studied. IT governance was found to be more effective under a delegated model of decision-making authority that empowers IT governance bodies than under a CIO-centric model. The inclusion of a faculty, students and business units in IT governance committees was associated with a stronger innovation culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Palvia, Prashant
Commitee: Cape, Robert, Zhao, Xia
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Business & Economics: Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Information Technology, Educational technology
Keywords: Governance effectiveness, Higher education, IT governance, Innovation, Maturity
Publication Number: 1591474
ISBN: 978-1-321-83055-2
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