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IJGMSP (v2:n1)

Volume 2, Number 1


CONTENTS

IT Governance and Business - IT Strategic Alignment Commitment: A Study of Brazilian Firms. Rigioni, Dwivedi, & Hoppen.
Investigating End Users' Satisfaction of the Usage of an E Learning Platform: A Statistical Analysis. Braccini, Za, & D'Atri.
Challenges in Building E-Assessment Services from Project Management Knowledge Perspective. Dascalu & Bodea.
Red Flags and Risk Factors: Lessons from the United Nation's Oil-for-Food Program. Brown & Farrag.



ABSTRACTS

IT Governance and Business - IT Strategic Alignment Commitment: A Study of Brazilian Firms
Eduardo Henrique Rigoni

Escola de Administration
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
ehrigoni@gmail.com

Rajeev Dwivedi

Stevens Institute of Technology
rajeev.dwivedi@stevens.edu

Norberto Hoppen

Escola de Administration
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
nhoppen@ea.ufrgs.br

Abstract

Information Technology (IT) governance is been an important issue in organization due to compliance issues, such as sarbanes-oxley in us, basel ii in europe. Another reason of importance is the higher rate of it projects failure that profoundly affects the performance of the organizations in terms of commitment. This paper has investigated 72 Brazilian organizations to identify that “how it governance can play the vital role in organizational performance in terms of commitment?” The study is based on strategic alignment maturity (SAM) survey carried out with 72 Brazilian organizations, where we indentified that it governance is an important component in order to achieve organizational performance. Partial least square (pls 3.0 software) is used to analyze and validate two relationships: (a) between it governance and its elements and (b) between it governance and organizational performance. The aim of the paper is to identify what elements of it governance plays an important role in organization’s business performance and the impact of it governance itself on business performance.

Keywords: Strategic Alignment Maturity Model (SAM), IT Governance elements Partial Least Square, Performance



Investigating End User's Satisfaction of the Usage of an E Learning Platform: A Statistical Analysis
Alessio Maria Braccini

CeRSI - LUISS Guido Carli University
Via G. Alberoni n. 7, 00198 Rome, Italy

Stefano Za

CeRSI - LUISS Guido Carli University
Via G. Alberoni n. 7, 00198 Rome, Italy

Alessandro D'Atri

CeRSI - LUISS Guido Carli University
Via G. Alberoni n. 7, 00198 Rome, Italy

Abstract

Moodle is an Open Source e-learning platform used by a large and stable community of users and developers for web-based education. This paper analyzes the end user's perceived quality of such a platform with an explorative study. The analysis is done by (PLS) regression, a second-generation causal modelling statistical technique. It is aimed at providing a model that describes end user's perception of the platform described in terms of Usability, Functionality, Reliability, Efficiency, Quality in Use, Users Experience, and Usage Intensity. The investigation was carried out on a sample of students who used Moodle for 6 months. This study adopts an explorative perspective and aims to analyze the main factors that affect user's perception of quality. The analysis reveals that end users are satisfied with the platform, but only Functionality and Quality in Use seem to positively affect the perceived quality.



Keywords: End user's perception, E-learning platforms, E-learning tools assessment, Web-based education and Moodle



Challenges in Building E-Assessment Services from Project Management Knowledge Perspective
Maria Dascalu

Academy of Economic Studies,
Bucharest, Romania.
cosmicondina@yahoo.com

Constanta Bodea

Academy of Economic Studies,
Bucharest, Romania.
bodea@ase.ro

Abstract

Since knowledge was considered a primary resource for competitive development, knowledge creation has been a continuous concern for knowledge management activities. Current paper reveals the role of e-assessment services in knowledge creation, as well as the importance of the chain: knowledge economy-e-learning-e-assessment. The challenges of building efficient e-assessment services are also identified in SOSE bigger picture. For this purpose, a qualitative analysis on an e-assessment tool for project management knowledge was conducted and the results are presented. Methods for improving the service oriented e-assessment application for project management knowledge are proposed and the directions of e-assessment services development are indicated.

Keywords: e-assessment, project management, knowledge management, service oriented systems engineering (SOSE)



Red Flags and Risk Factors: Lessons from the United Nation's Oil-for-Food Program
Richard E. Brown (Deceased)

Department of Accounting,
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242

Magdy S. Farag

Accounting Department,
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, California 91768

Abstract

This paper examines the United Nations (UN) control system. It mainly identifies the risk factors or "red flags" that might apply to a governmental or nonprofit organization. The paper focuses more closely on the Oil-for-Food program as a case study of a UN program that experienced basic control problems, leading to a major fraud. Based on this information an attempt is then made to assess the red flags and risk factors that can be identified and to determine whether, given the UN control system, a different and unique set of red flags might be needed for the UN and its multi-cultural setting. The lessons learned may prove valuable to a wide array of governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Keywords: United Nations, Oil-for-Food program, risk factors, internal controls, red flags, nonprofit organizations