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Assessing the Information Politics of Organizations

Richard Reed

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


Organizations engage in information politics, a process whose outcomes are manifested ultimately in their information processes; that is, their information strategy, information systems, information technology, and information culture. This poster presents a proposed dissertation study to test five models of information politics that are discussed in Davenport, Eccles, and Prusak (1992) and Davenport and Eccles (1997). The models (technocratic utopianism, information anarchy, information feudalism, information monarchy, and information federalism) represent five styles organizations may use to manage their information and information processes. A major component of the proposed study is developing and validating an instrument to measure specific information practices in organizations that serve as indicators for a preferred information politics model(or models). Understanding the various dimensions of information politics is important because of its direct bearing on the congruence of an organizationís information processes with its broader level corporate and business strategy. In the long run, one would expect the degree of compatibility between an organizationís preferred information politics model(s) and its overall corporate strategy to be the primary determinant of how the organization perceives the effectiveness of its information processes.

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