IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results

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Firms with superior IT governance have more than 25% higher profits than firms with poor governance given the same strategic objectives. These top performers have custom designed IT governance for their strategies. Just as corporate governance aims to ensure quality decisions about all corporate assets, IT governance links IT decisions with company objectives and monitors performance and accountability. Based on a study of 250 enterprises worldwide, IT Governance shows how to design and implement a system of decision rights that will transform IT from an expense to a profitable investment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591392538
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 389,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 - IT Governance Simultaneously Empowers and Controls

Chapter 2 - Five Key IT Decisions: Making IT a Strategic Asset

Chapter 3 - IT Governance Archetypes for Allocating Decision Rights

Chapter 4 - Mechanisms for Implementing IT Governance

Chapter 5 - What IT Governance Works Best

Chapter 6 - Linking Strategy, IT Governance and Performance

Chapter 7 - Government and Not for Profit Organizations

Chapter 8 - Leadership Principles for IT Governance

Appendix A - Research Sites

Appendix B - Measuring Governance Performance


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Real Information about Information Technology

    Authors Peter Weill and Jeanne W. Ross provide a thoughtful overview of an important topic - how companies govern information technology and how they can maximize their IT investments. Although computer professionals don¿t walk around in white lab coats the way they did in the early 1970s, many corporate cultures tend to isolate IT professionals. Although studies show that companies which govern their IT processes effectively earn higher profits, IT professionals often seem cloistered in their own high-tech priesthood. This book provides a blueprint for harnessing IT and making it the efficient value-generating machine it was always intended to be. You don¿t have to wear a pocket-liner, carry a PDA or even know what 'http' stands for to benefit from reading this book, which makes a strong case for the importance of solid, goal-aligned IT management. If you sense that your company suffers from a disconnect between its strategy and its IT capabilities, we believe this book could become your firm¿s most important piece of low-tech information technology.

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