A critical review of the governance of personal IT devices in work environments

Alzair, Fatimah
Singh, Harminder
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Master of Business
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Auckland University of Technology

The purpose of this study was to review Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) management practices by organizations. This study identifies the interests of employers and employees in a BYOD environment. The results of this study provide a useful reference for organizations implementing BYOD, as it provides guidance on how the process can be managed to achieve the goals of the organization. Theoretically, this study is going to contribute to research on information systems governance, in terms of understanding how the interests of policy makers and policy followers are balanced in practice and how this is reflected in the BYOD policy documents. This study was conducted using qualitative research design based on a thematic content analysis. This study utilises secondary data in the shape of electronic documents, corporate press releases, annual reports, and case studies on BYOD published between the years 2000 and 2015 entered into NVivo and the software helped in identifying various themes. The results of the study indicated that the issue of BYOD recently attracted the attention of researchers and practitioners as most of the research has been conducted from 2010 onwards. Moreover, the results also highlighted some themes like risks, challenges, benefits and organisational policy practices. Another finding about balancing the employees/employers interest has been discussed using agency theory and stewardship theory. The study also provides insight and guidance for future research in this area.

BYOD , Bring Your Own Device , Governance policy , Content analysis , Agency theory , Stewardship theory
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