Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 179–193 | Cite as

Effective information technology (IT) governance mechanisms: An IT outsourcing perspective

  • Syaiful AliEmail author
  • Peter GreenEmail author


Effective IT governance will ensure alignment between IT and business goals. Organizations with ineffective IT governance will suffer due to poor performance of IT resources such as inaccurate information quality, inefficient operating costs, runaway IT project and even the demise of its IT department. This study seeks to examine empirically the individual IT governance mechanisms that influence the overall effectiveness of IT governance. Furthermore, this study examines the relationship of effective IT governance, the extent of IT outsourcing decisions within the organizations, and the level of IT Intensity in the organizations. We used structural equation modeling analysis to examine 110 responses from members of ISACA (Information Systems and Audit Control Association) Australia in which their organizations have outsourced their IT functions. Results suggest significant positive relationships between the overall level of effective IT governance and the following mechanisms: the involvement of senior management in IT, the existence of ethic or culture of compliance in IT, and corporate communication systems.


IT Governance IT Intensity IT Outsourcing SEM Australia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AccountingUniversitas Gadjah MadaYogyakartaIndonesia
  2. 2.School of BusinessUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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