Guest Talk: Decision Rights Allocations in Information Systems Adoption and Management – Procedural and Architectural Perspectives

Till Winkler, MSc.

Date/Time: 13.07.2018, 11:00

Location: D2.2.094


As the organizational use of information systems (IS) is becoming pervasive IS governance, understood as the distribution of decision rights over information technology and systems, is taking new shapes that let traditional boundaries blur. Early signs for these tectonic shifts in the organizing principle of IT organizations were user-driven IS development or potentially ‘shadow IT’, while more recent industry reports herald the necessity of ‘bimodal’ and ‘two-speed’ modes of IT organizations. In this talk I will sketch the trajectory of one of my central research programs, starting with my PhD research, in which I traced decision rights allocations in companies’ adoption processes of cloud and non-cloud applications. Building on this, I will present two ongoing research projects that explore and confirm the importance of a fit of application-level governance with different properties of the information system artifacts and the architecture they are embedded in. The major contribution from this research is the development and advancement of a theory of artifact-level IS governance―an underappreciated construct in IS governance research. The talk will outline research perspectives at the intersection of IS governance, business process management, and enterprise architecture management.


Till J. Winkler is an Associate Professor of IT Management and Digitalization in the Department of Digitalization at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, he worked as a management consultant at Capgemini’s CIO Advisory Services unit. His research on IT governance, cloud computing, and digital health has been presented at major Information Systems conferences and appeared in journals including Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, Health Policy and Technology, and Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research. He was nominated reviewer of the year 2016 by the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and currently serves on the editorial boards of Business & Information Systems Engineering and various other journals.


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