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Apply a Role-Based Approach to Engage the Board in I&T Governance

Published: 17 June 2020

ID: G00467074

Analyst(s): Remi Gulzar , Tomas Nielsen


CIOs must adopt a role-based approach when engaging the board of directors on I&T governance. The most effective I&T governance engagement strategies take the board’s role and technology posture into account.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Take Five Steps to Craft a Role-Adjusted Board Engagement Strategy
    • Step 1: Determine the I&T Governance Context of Your Board
    • Step 2: Clarify the Board’s Posture Toward I&T Governance
    • Step 3: Assess the Board’s Appetite to Raise Its I&T Governance Competency
    • Step 4: Craft an Engagement Strategy for Raising I&T Governance Maturity
    • Step 5: Execute an Engagement Strategy to Raise the Board’s I&T Governance Maturity
  • Engage the Steward Board by Demonstrating Conformance Effectiveness
  • Engage the Guardian Board by Promoting a Balanced Approach to Risk-Return
  • Engage the Navigator Board on Positioning I&T as Strategic Enabler
  • Engage the Activist Board on Disrupting the Enterprise in a Controlled Manner

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