Agile Governance as a research topic

Agile Governance is a relatively new area of research, and still little explored, focused on the study of organizational phenomena related to the cycle: (1) thinking strategically; (2) establish mechanisms to ensure compliance with strategic planning; and (3) sense and respond to changes, faster than the rate of those changes in the organizational environment, in a coordinated and sustainable manner (Luna, 2020).

Agile Governance is a wide and multidisciplinary area focused on organizational performance and competitiveness that needs to be more intensively studied. Hence, the concept of agile governance is gaining attention and evolving over time as a meaning that is increasingly making sense in different contexts. The socio-technical nature of agile governance is substantiated due we are handling with the understanding of the intersections between technical and social aspects: considering people as agents of change in organizations, in contexts where technology is a key element. Recent studied developed by Luna (2015) have identified that the strength of the evidence found concerning the state of the art of agile governance is low. Thence, any estimation of the effect that is grounded on evidence of agile governance from those current researches has low certainty. This evaluation is consistent with the nature of a nascent field and with the fact of this research team be a pioneer in an unexplored area, quite lacking of studies.


Objectives: As a result, Agile Governance and their phenomena need to be more intensively studied and might have their boundaries better defined. Absolutely, we can realize that there is a research backlog with topics that need to be tackled. Naturally, researchers and practitioners should work together to define a reciprocal research agenda for new research and practice on this domain, as well as to get closer to the wide spectrum of interest and application identified by Luna et al. (2014) systematic review.


Keywords: Information Systems, Agile Governance, IT Management, Project Management, Software Engineering.

Knowledge area: Computer Science, Information Systems, Business & Public Management.

Research support: During the period between 2011 and 2015 the authors acknowledge to CNPq, CAPES, PGE-PE, ATI-PE, Brazil’s Science without Borders Program, UBC, NUTES-HC, and UFPE by the research support.

Research Partners:

  • Agile Governance Research Lab (AGLab) at the Department of Management Sciences (DCA), Center for Applied Social Sciences (CCSA), Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) -
  • FREVO - Fostering Research on managEment and InnoVatiOn -
  • Research Cell focused on Agile Governance (AGCell) from Project Research Group (GP2) in Computer Centre (CIn) at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) -
  • The Nucleus of Studies and Research in Information Systems (NEPSI) at the DCA, CCSA, UFPE -
  • Software Engineering Architecture Laboratory (SEAL-UBC) research group at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada -
  • Information Technology on Health (TIS), a research group at Telehealth Centre (NUTES) from Clinical Hospital (HC) at UFPE -

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