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Decision Making and Information Politics (ITM)

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Review the following documents (recommend in this same order):

Objective of governance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_governance

Centralization versus Decentralization:

http://www.ppcwg.org/images/files/Federated%20Model%20White%20Paper.pdf

Different models / Roundtable discussion: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EDU03184.pdf

IT Governance Structure for a public child-welfare agency:

http://www.ppcwg.org/information-management-key-processes-governance-structure.html

University of South Florida IT Governance Structure:

http://generalcounsel.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-0-512.pdf

Overview of Decision Making: http://www.enotes.com/business-finance-encyclopedia/decision-making

Main methods of business decision-making: http://tutor2u.net/business/organisation/decisionmaking.htm

The politics of information: http://www.itmweb.com/essay008.htm

Describe the IT governance structure and decision-making processes in an organization. Include discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the organization's circumstances and present and justify one specific improvement you would make to either the structure or a process; apply the concepts and use the terminology provided in the readings.

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Every organization faces uncertainty when it comes to IT governance and decision-making processes. This uncertainty comes in many forms, some uncertainties present challenges to the organization and other uncertainties present opportunities. IT management systems allow organizations "to effectively deal with uncertainty and associated risk and opportunity, enhancing the capacity to build value" (Flaherty, Maki, et. al., 2004).

Changes in technology, federal and state regulations, and economic uncertainties all affect the decisions organizations must make to remain competitive and to offer maximized value (Jensen, 1993). While risk taking is inevitable, an organization's value is made greater when it sets forth a sound strategy to find the optimal balance between growth and resource-use in aim of the organization's objectives. Federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 were designed to enable firms to find that balance by maintaining systems of internal control.

According to the COSO Executive Summary (Flaherty, Maki, et. al., 2004), IT governance structure is tied to the larger theme of internal control and includes the following six components: (1) aligning risk appetite and strategy, (2) enhancing risk response decisions, (3) reducing operational surprises and losses, (4) identifying and managing multiple and cross-enterprise risks, (5) seizing opportunities, and (6) improving deployment of capital.

The six components of IT management also "help management achieve the entity's performance ...

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The solution discusses decision making and information politics.

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