7. Summary and Conclusion
The goal of this study was to develop a mid-range theory that is able to explain the posi- tive impact of information technology governance on the business performance of a firm. To do so, two subsequent empirical studies were conducted which encompassed 11 and respectively 10 qualitative multiple-case studies of large German corporations active in various industries. The first chapter of this study offers an introduction encompassing the problem statement, an overview of the research objective and design and eventually the organisa- tion of the study. The second chapter provides the study’s theoretical foundations. Starting with the basic terminology, a detailed discussion on information technology and business per- formance is offered. Thereafter, previous research on the topic of IT governance is dis- cussed. Building on the presented literature, a preliminary research framework is intro- duced that guided the subsequent empirical research. Thereafter, Chapter 3 discusses the research design of this study. After the onto- logical and epistemological stance is presented, the research strategy and the choice of a qualitative multiple-case study approach are justified. The chapter closes after the case sampling procedure and the collection and analysis of data are explicated. The fourth chapter presents the findings of the first, exploratory case study round that was conducted according to the deduced preliminary research framework. After introducing the proposed explanatory model, Chapter 4 is organised according to the revealed theoretical links between IT governance, resource relatedness and business performance. Chapter 5 offers the findings of the second, corroborative case study round...
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