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Who should eventually govern IT? A Foucauldian perspective
Emmanuel Bertin  1@  , Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte  2@  
1 : Orange Labs [Caen]
Orange Labs
2 : CNRS, Lille Economie Management
CNRS, LEM, IESEG

Recent changes in the technological and societal environments that surround organizations disrupt classic governance frameworks, designed by corporate and information technology (IT) managers to align IT uses with the organization's mission, strategy, and values. The formerly “sovereign territory” of IT departments has been invaded, jeopardized by inverse adoption logics and the autonomy of individual users. Thus questions of IT governance in the age of IT consumerization are highly pertinent. In response, this theory article proposes an alternative framework, relying on the philosophy of Michel Foucault and his concept of governmentality. On the basis of analogical reasoning, this article transfers knowledge about IT governance into a Foucauldian governmentality framework. It suggests that the use of IT is situated in a given government model that establishes specific regimes of truth. A liberal model of IT governance may provide a new concept to grasp the challenges associated with modern technological and societal environments in which companies recently have evolved. This paper is based on research works recently published in a leading IS journal[1]. Our goal with this communication is to present this model to the French-speaking IS community, in order to discuss its main implications and potential for empirical applications.


[1] For anonymity reasons, the reference of this article will be communicated after the reviewing process (on condition that the paper is accepted). This new paper provides a different content, including a more detailed survey on the various existing governance models, as well as an extensive discussion on Foucault's governmentality models that we hope could be of interest for the French-speaking IS community.

Recent changes in the technological and societal environments that surround organizations disrupt classic governance frameworks, designed by corporate and information technology (IT) managers to align IT uses with the organization's mission, strategy, and values. The formerly “sovereign territory” of IT departments has been invaded, jeopardized by inverse adoption logics and the autonomy of individual users. Thus questions of IT governance in the age of IT consumerization are highly pertinent. In response, this theory article proposes an alternative framework, relying on the philosophy of Michel Foucault and his concept of governmentality. On the basis of analogical reasoning, this article transfers knowledge about IT governance into a Foucauldian governmentality framework. It suggests that the use of IT is situated in a given government model that establishes specific regimes of truth. A liberal model of IT governance may provide a new concept to grasp the challenges associated with modern technological and societal environments in which companies recently have evolved. This paper is based on research works recently published in a leading IS journal. Our goal with this communication is to present this model to the French-speaking IS community, in order to discuss its main implications and potential for empirical applications.


 


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