The European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) is considered the most prestigious Information Systems conference in Europe. Therefore we are very happy that our paper “Critical Success Factors for Effective IT Governance in the Public Sector Organizations in a Developing Country. The Case of Tanzania” having as authors Edephonce Nfuka and Lazar Rusu has been accepted for publication and presentation at ECIS 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. A short abstract of the paper is included below. For more information about this conference please access the following link: http://ecis2010.up.ac.za
Today in many organizations in the public sector, the use of IT has become pervasive in every facet of the organizations’ endeavours in supporting and evolving public services delivery. This pervasive use of technology have caused a critical dependency on IT, which in this environment involves a complex mix of political, organizational, technical and cultural concerns that call a specific focus on effective IT governance. Several researches have been done on IT governance effectiveness in these organizations. However adequate focus has not been given to such environment in a developing country like Tanzania, which on one hand is characterized by IT resources, knowledge, and culture constraints and on other hand by the increase of IT investments and applications. In this paper specifically we have addressed such a gap by identifying the critical success factors (CSFs) for effective IT governance in this environment. The research study has based mainly on IT governance focus areas in order to analyze the relevant CSFs from the research literature and also in five organizations from the Tanzanian public sector. Moreover we have taken into account the fact that the IT value to be achieved due to effective IT governance is in relation with efficient and cost effective IT delivery, innovation and business impact. As a result of this research we have identified eleven CSFs that should be considered for effective IT governance practices in the Tanzanian public sector organizations.