Information technology governance: legitimation, theorization and field trends
Keywords:Information technology governance, Information technology, Legitimation, Theorization, Trends
Purpose – investigate and analyze the aspects of legitimation, theorization and trends for the evolution of
research in information technology governance (ITG) in Brazil, according to researchers familiar with the
Design/methodology/approach – By means of a qualitative and quantitative research of exploratorydescriptive approach, the Delphi method was applied using a questionnaire supported by content analysis.
Findings – ITG is an increasingly interdisciplinary research field, with significant help from other fields of
knowledge, such as administration, computer science and engineering. The main means of ITG publication are
periodicals (MISQ, JMIS, JISTEM RESI), scientific events (AMCIS, ECIS, HICSS, EnANPAD, CONTECSI) and
researchers, such as Peter Weill and Edimara Mezzomo Luciano. Best practice models are the most significant
theoretical frameworks, and the main trend of research are on emerging technologies such as cloud computing
and Internet of things (IoT) in the context of ITG.
Research limitations/implications – To the unavailability of some researchers to participate in the second
phase of the Delphi research performed, as well as the non-completion of a third Delphi round. Likewise, the
“Block B (open answer questions)”it was not contemplated in the second phase for a new collection of answers,
which could partially change the results presented here.
Practical implications – The results show important insights for ITG researchers that can allow new
researches about its applications, jointly reflecting on relevant aspects for the advancement of this
Social implications –There are several research contributions to broaden the discussion and the evolution of
this new scientific field in Brazil and that can be grouped for each set of stakeholders: academia and related
researchers; the practicing community of business managers and private and public organizations; the
academic legitimizing bodies; the non-academic legitimating bodies and researchers from other areas of
Originality/value – ITG is a concept that emerged as part of corporate governance (CG), which has evolved as
an emerging theme and is expanding in the international academic arena. However, the current stage of legitimation, theorization and trends of ITG in the Brazilian researches are lacked greater understanding, in
order to provide better targeting for new researches