IT Portfolio Management: Control Problems in a Public Organization

Lars Kristian Hansen, Pernille Kræmmergaard

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As public organizations increasingly rely on IT-enabled development to provide faster cycle times and better services, IT Project Portfolio Management (IT PPM) has become a high priority issue. This research adopts engaged scholarship to investigate IT PPM practices within a large local government. The investigation applies Control Theory to analyze rich data from the local government covering multiple levels of analysis and several units with quite diverse functions to address the following question: how does a large public organization control IT PPM and what problems are caused by this control? By drawing on the theory’s distinction between different modes of control five problems in control is identified: (1) weak accountability processes between the political and the administrative level, (2) weak accountability processes between director level and the IT executives, (3) IT projects established on incomplete information about internal recourses, (4) Lack of operational goals to hold IT projects accountable, (5) No account of actual IT project costs. These results may be used to inform further research into IT PPM and to help managers improve IT PPM practices in public organizations in their effort of increase the level of e-Government.
Translated title of the contributionIT projekt porteføljeledelse: Ledelsesudfordringer i en offentlig organisation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Transforming Government Workshop 2012
Number of pages26
Place of PublicationBrunel University, London, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom May 8th - 9th, 2012.
Publication date7 May 2012
ISBN (Print)978-1-908549-01-3
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2012
EventTransforming Government Workshop 2012 - Brunel University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 May 20129 May 2012


WorkshopTransforming Government Workshop 2012
LocationBrunel University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • IT portfolio management
  • IT Project Portfolio Management

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