Does culture matter? Cultural influences and IT governance integration mechanism

Xijin Zhong, Savanid Vatanasakdakul, Chadi Aoun

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This paper aims to contribute to the conceptualization and contextualization of IT governance (ITG) by exploring the potential influences of national culture on ITG integration mechanisms. We address the lack of understanding towards the influence that culture may have on ITG in previous literature and present a framework to examine whether and how cultural intervention effects ITG performance. Conventional themes in ITG studies pay more attention to the structure of decision-making authorities. This paper focuses on the paradigm of integrative coordination. Through the lens of the resource-based view (RBV), we conceptualize ITG as a systemic set of firm-specific resources in IT value creation; whereas the complementarity of national culture to ITG is conceptualized as a type of country-specific resource. The propositions presented are expected to enrich the understanding of ITG integration mechanisms and IT value creation and benefit the cross-country transfer of ITG concepts and practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMCIS 2012 proceedings
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780615663463, 9781622768271
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAmericas Conference on Information Systems (18th : 2012) - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 9 Aug 201211 Aug 2012


ConferenceAmericas Conference on Information Systems (18th : 2012)
CitySeattle, Washington


  • IT governance
  • integration mechanism
  • IT value
  • national culture
  • resource-based view


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