Impact of IT service management frameworks on the IT organization

an empirical study on benefits, challenges, and processes

Mauricio Marrone, Lutz M. Kolbe

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Over 90 percent of companies are estimated to use IT Service Management (ITSM) frameworks, yet there is little research on their benefits to the Information Technology (IT) department and the business units. An international survey of 491 firms was conducted to assess the benefits of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the de-facto ITSM framework, specifically on how these benefits evolve as companies increase their adoption of the ITIL model. Also studied are the perception of challenges of the implementation and the number of ITIL processes implemented in relation to the progress of the adoption of ITIL. Results indicate that as the maturity of implementation increases, the perception of challenges decreases. Findings also show that as the maturity of implementation increases, the number of realized benefits increases, as well as the number of implemented ITIL processes. Implications for practitioners and researchers are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalBusiness & information systems engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • Best practice
  • IT infrastructure library
  • IT service management
  • IT services
  • ITIL
  • ITSM

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