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Queensland University of Technology: Three Generations of IT Governance (and Counting)

Friday, July 25, 2008


This ECAR case study complements the 2008 ECAR study, Process and Politics: IT Governance in Higher Education, by Ronald Yanosky with Jack McCredie. ECAR undertook this case study of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to demonstrate how the underlying elements of a mature governance process facilitate the strategic development of information technology (IT) services. QUT has carried on a sustained program of IT governance development for almost a decade, in order to create a mature set of institutional supports, a layered advisory and decision-making structure that feeds innovation, and a network of involved governance participants, with the ultimate goal of developing a set of optimal IT services for the university. Characterized as "relationships underpinned by light-weight process frameworks in order to extract value from technology tools," QUT's IT governance structure relies on engaged people who drive the process as well as the project management and financial tools that assist with decision making.

Citation for this work: Pirani, Judith A., and Gail Salaway. "Queensland University of Technology: Three Generations of IT Governance (and Counting)" (Case Study 4). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2008, available from

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