Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Pollock, Michael A en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Seale, Tina en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-26T14:56:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-26T14:56:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Seale, T. 2017. Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25407
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research is to identify the main factors influencing universities in South Africa to adopt specific Information Technology Risk Management (ITRM) frameworks. The research has been conducted to understand why universities adopt different ITRM frameworks. The sample group of universities used in this research comprise four public universities in the Western Cape, South Africa. To gain further insights into the decision-making process, an interpretivist philosophy, using a deductive approach, has been used. Roger's Diffusion of Innovation theory is used as a lens to understand the decision-making process to adopt an ITRM framework at universities. A combination of questionnaires, interviews and secondary data has been used to collect data from the sample of universities. The findings establish that inconsistent ITRM frameworks have been adopted at the participating universities. Numerous factors, both internal and external to the university, influence the decision-making process. Internal factors which have had a strong influence on the adoption of an ITRM encompass the attitude of decision makers, strong corporate governance and strong leadership in top management and within the IT department. External factors with the strongest influence on the decision-making process are contained within the legislative and statutory requirements mandated by the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997. Additional external factors influencing choice are certain regulatory requirements as well as the perceived popularity of certain frameworks. The recommendation of external parties is often closely considered when determining framework fit and adaptability to a university's environment. The sample group of universities has been limited to four public universities within the Western Cape. As a consequence, the data collected is limited due to minimal participation across all participating universities. Further research, such as case studies, is recommended in order to gain additional in-depth knowledge of the decision-making process regarding the implementation of ITRM frameworks at universities. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Information Systems en_ZA
dc.title Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Information Systems en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MCom en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Seale, T. (2017). <i>Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25407 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Seale, Tina. <i>"Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25407 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Seale T. Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Information Systems, 2017 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25407 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Seale, Tina AB - The purpose of this research is to identify the main factors influencing universities in South Africa to adopt specific Information Technology Risk Management (ITRM) frameworks. The research has been conducted to understand why universities adopt different ITRM frameworks. The sample group of universities used in this research comprise four public universities in the Western Cape, South Africa. To gain further insights into the decision-making process, an interpretivist philosophy, using a deductive approach, has been used. Roger's Diffusion of Innovation theory is used as a lens to understand the decision-making process to adopt an ITRM framework at universities. A combination of questionnaires, interviews and secondary data has been used to collect data from the sample of universities. The findings establish that inconsistent ITRM frameworks have been adopted at the participating universities. Numerous factors, both internal and external to the university, influence the decision-making process. Internal factors which have had a strong influence on the adoption of an ITRM encompass the attitude of decision makers, strong corporate governance and strong leadership in top management and within the IT department. External factors with the strongest influence on the decision-making process are contained within the legislative and statutory requirements mandated by the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997. Additional external factors influencing choice are certain regulatory requirements as well as the perceived popularity of certain frameworks. The recommendation of external parties is often closely considered when determining framework fit and adaptability to a university's environment. The sample group of universities has been limited to four public universities within the Western Cape. As a consequence, the data collected is limited due to minimal participation across all participating universities. Further research, such as case studies, is recommended in order to gain additional in-depth knowledge of the decision-making process regarding the implementation of ITRM frameworks at universities. DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 T1 - Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa TI - Factors influencing the decision to adopt an Information Technology Risk Management framework at universities in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25407 ER - en_ZA


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