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Juggling the Paradoxes : Governance Mechanisms in Bimodal IT Organizations

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Jöhnk, Jan ; Oesterle, Severin ; Winkler, Till J. ; Nørbjerg, Jacob ; Urbach, Nils:
Juggling the Paradoxes : Governance Mechanisms in Bimodal IT Organizations.
2019
Event: 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) , 08.-14.06.2019 , Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden.
(Conference item: Conference , Speech )

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The fundamental changes associated with digitalization demand businesses and public enterprises to balance exploitative and explorative capabilities in their internal IT function. One approach to balance these paradoxical demands is the adoption of twofold organizational structures often referred to as bimodal IT. While the IS literature has made recent advances in the description and analysis of bimodal organization structures, we still lack a deeper understanding of the inner workings within bimodal IT organizations and the potential tensions between traditional and agile IT. To address this research gap, we adopt IT governance mechanisms as an analytical framework to study two bimodal IT organization cases, one at a law enforcement agency and the other at an automotive company. We analyze data collected through fourteen semi-structured interviews using grounded theory techniques. We first iden-tify challenges associated with the implementation of and the coordination within organization’s bi-modal IT organizations. We then identify the structural, procedural, and relational governance mecha-nisms used within these organizations and elucidate how they relate to the categories of challenges. Finally, we identify and describe five novel governance paradoxes of bimodal IT organizations that emerged as core concepts from this research. Theoretical contributions and practical implications are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: IT governance mechanisms; Bimodal IT; Paradox theory; IT ambidexterity; Multiple case study
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and strategic IT management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 05:41
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 08:32
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48951