Concepts of Enterprise Governance of IT

  • Wim Van Grembergen
  • Steven De Haes


Enterprise Governance of IT is a relatively new concept in literature and is gaining more and more interest in the academic and practitioner’s world. Enterprise Governance of IT addresses the definition and implementation of processes, structures and relational mechanism that enable both business and IT people to execute their responsibilities in support of business/IT alignment and the creation of value from IT-enabled business investments. As an example of its growing importance, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) issued a new worldwide ISO standard in this domain in 2008. This chapter defines the core concepts around Enterprise Governance of IT as a means to enable business/IT alignment and business value from IT.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wim Van Grembergen
    • 1
  • Steven De Haes
    • 2
  1. 1.Sint PauwelsBelgium
  2. 2.MalleBelgium

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