Research Statement

"In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice there is." Yogi Berra

My research seeks to explore how IT Governance benefits business professional's use of IT in the organization beyond the IT function to better explain the mechanisms of strategic alignment and offer empirical evidence in support of IT Governance adoption. I have spent a decade consulting and helping organizations use IT to re-engineer processes. In that capacity, I observed some businesses are able to use IT more successfully than others. When I began consulting, my belief was that competency with IT would also predict the quality of business decisions regarding those IT systems. Counter-intuitively I discovered this is not true and understanding this paradox is one motivation for my research. 

Why are some managers able to make better decisions for their organization about IT than others? Are there common practices which can benefit organizations in their quest to generate value from IT systems? I believe some of the answers to these questions can be better understood by studying the relationship between management practices and IT processes in organizations. All organizations use IT processes, and the effort to integrate those processes with business goals is referred to in the literature as strategic alignment.

IT Governance has been shown to improve strategic alignment, but how this benefits the organization is not well understood. The value IT adds to an organization extends beyond the IT function and also depends on how business professionals use IT. Does the influence of IT Governance also extend benefits to the non-IT functions such as marketing, sales and management?  If so, this would better explain why alignment benefits an organization and would provide empirical evidence in support of IT Governance adoption. This proposal outlines my research agenda to understand how governance benefits business professional's use of IT in the organization. 

Recent Publications

  • Byron Marshall, Michael Curry, Rene Reitsma. (2010), "IT Governance Norms and IT Success." 2nd annual Preā€ICIS Workshop on Accounting Information Systems, December 2010, Saint Louis, MO, U.S.A.
  • Byron Marshall, Michael Curry, Rene Reitsma. (2010) "Does COBIT Improve IT Solutions?", American Accounting Association Conference, IS Section. (Read PDF)



 
TestimonialMichael recently assisted our organization in complying with SOX auditing requirements of our IT systems and policies, and I strongly endorse his consultation to those seeking to maximize their IT business value. We have benefited from his process improvements and technology handiwork, becoming one of the largest LTC Insurance Master General Agencies in the country, managing 9,000 in-force policies ($18M). 

Tom McAuliffe 
President & CEO 
Capstone Financial Assurance
Alignment

Organizations with effective IT alignment realize cost savings, productivity improvements, and better organizational efficiency. Helping organizations achieve alignment is the goal of my consulting practice and ongoing research.

If you would like to know more about alignment or how I assess and improve alignment in organizations, please feel free to contact me today.