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Xijin Zhong

First Name: Xijin (Chris)
Surname: Zhong
Department Dept of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Supervisor(s): Dr.Yvette Blount , Dr. Babak Abedin

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Paper Title

CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON IT GOVERNANCE AND VALUE CREATION: EVIDENCE FROM CHINA

Purpose

This research aims to examine the role of national culture in business value creation of IT governance.

Originality

The influence of national culture on IT governance and business value creation has been under researched. The complementarities between cultural values and value-adding attributes of IT governance mechanisms will be examined to provide insights into exploiting business benefits through effective IT governance implementation in different cultural contexts, specifically China.

Key literature/theoretical perspective

Based on the literature in business value creation and cross-cultural management, this research will explore the relationship between firm-specific IT governance capabilities and Chinese culture characteristics from a complementarity perspective of the resource based view.

Design/methodology/approach

An in-depth case study approach will be employed to collect rich qualitative data. The candidate will interview IT executives and stakeholders of IT governance in three large and medium enterprises in China. Organizational documentation will also be used as supplementary data source.

Findings

Expected finding would be that cultural differences can be applied in predicting the outcomes of IT governance mechanisms and that these cultural predictors can be identified.

Research limitations/implications

This research will contribute to the contextualization of IT governance research by clarifying the critical role of national culture in the value creation of IT governance. However, the case study method may limit the extent to which the research findings can be generalised.

Practical and Social implications

This research will provide insights into the implications of national culture on the adoption and implementation of IT governance.

Keywords

IT governance, business value, Chinese culture, resource based view