IT and Politics
As IT has gotten more involved in business processes, IT has become closer to the politics in the organization. In the past many IT groups fell under finance or accounting. Some have said that because of this, many accountants and heads of finance became CEOs — through the use of the information and capabilities of IT.
Today, IT cannot avoid political involvement. How a new system and process are implemented affects the power structure of the winners and losers. Politics sometimes generates new project ideas. Projects can be started and then later killed for political reasons. For example, manager A starts a project. It appears useful, but manager A moves on and is replaced by manager B. Manager B then either changes or kills the project. The new manager is “putting her stamp” on the work.