Strategic role of IT and IT governance mechanisms for the context of small and medium enterprises




IT's strategic role, IT governance, Small and medium-sized companies, Agency theory


The role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the economy is indisputable. However, these companies face major challenges to keep operating. Among them is the use of IT resources and the return on investments made. This article aims to survey the strategic role of IT in the organization and the IT governance mechanisms used in the context. It was possible to identify that relational IT governance mechanisms are more present in the context than structural or procedural mechanisms. It was also possible to identify that information technology, in the context, has a more operational use. Finally, through the use of Spearman's coefficient, it was found that higher strategic levels of IT use lead to greater use of governance mechanisms in the three dimensions, structural, procedural and relational


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Author Biographies

Humberto Caetano Cardoso da Silva, Faculty of Human Sciences of Olinda (FACHO), Olinda, PE, Brazil

Professor at Uninassau Recife, FACHO and UNIBRA. Doctor in Administration  from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Master in Business Management from Devry/FBV (MPGE/FBV) and Civil Engineer from the Federal University of Pernambuco.

Jairo Simião Dornelas, Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE, Brazil

Professor at the Administration Department and at the Post-Graduate Program in Administration at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Doctor in Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Master in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Bachelor in Administration from the Catholic University of Pernambuco and Bachelor in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco.

Marcus Augusto Vasconcelos Araújo, University of Pernambuco (UPE), Recife, PE, Brazil

Adjunct Professor at the University of Pernambuco. Doctor and Master in Administration from the Federal University of Pernambuco and Electronic Electrical Engineer from the University of Pernambuco.


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How to Cite

Silva, H. C. C. da, Dornelas, J. S., & Araújo, M. A. V. (2021). Strategic role of IT and IT governance mechanisms for the context of small and medium enterprises. Iberoamerican Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 11(1), In proofreading process.