Thursday, December 15, 2022


Information-based structured governance today is informative, proactive, and automated to enable changes and improve management effectiveness and maturity.

Due to frequent disruptions and fierce competitions, organizations today need to constantly improve the business and see change as an opportunity. Governance is the structure and process of authority, responsibility, and accountability in an organization to enforce business management. 

Without effective GRC discipline, businesses will face significant risk for surviving, and opportunities which it creates cannot be properly transferred into multidimensional business value. However, the current governance model is still skewed by too much emphasis on compliance, and GRC discipline is reactive in many organizations. How to develop and enforce information based governance disciplines holistically to improve business agility and maturity?

Business governance harnesses communication via understanding or top-down acceptance of who the key stakeholders are: The purpose of business is to create customers and improve satisfaction of varying stakeholders. Corporate governance discipline can fulfill its purpose by providing a structured communication bridge between shareholders/investors and top business leaders such as corporate directors. Strong governance can be used to raise visibility and awareness for many things that are captured at the different levels of the organizational hierarchy.

High performance organizations build strong relationships with stakeholders by making the listening process simpler, involving a variety of shareholders. Different stakeholders such as employees, clients, and vendors all have their various observations of business value; their respective viewpoints can indicate useful areas for further exploration and confirmation. Thus, strong governance enables the business to clarify multifaceted values of stakeholders, getting their feedback, fresh ideas in a well-organized effort all the time, to build their corporate strategic goals for conveying the value.

Business governance improves acquisition/understanding/agreement of the business objectives: Due to overwhelming growth of information, frequent disruptions and unprecedented uncertainty, there have been enough abysmal failures to prompt some caution. The chronic ineffective governance issues need to be fixed thoroughly. Corporate boards need to deal with the governance related issues, and eliminate all the bureaucratic regulations that deal with the symptoms, not the root cause.

Governance is about guiding and regulating collective organizational decisions and behaviors to achieve strategic objectives and serve the fundamental purpose for which the organization was created in the first place. Good governance standards should provide a common corporate "language," and work instructions to decide and take actions for either grasping opportunities or managing risks and enhance understanding and agreement of business objectives. The corporate governance rules and principles need to be followed to improve the functioning and transparency of the company, its business strategic goals; helps to manage collaborative business results and best practices that view & achieve the organizational objectives holistically with the correct strategy lenses/focus.

Information based business governance engages stakeholders and data stewards from across the divisions for running a high-performance business:
Information is the gold mine all forward-thinking organizations dig through to capture growth opportunities and prevent risks. Information is a resource over which the governing body should exercise oversight. Performance related information enables the company to manage and improve, enhance governance approach to steer the organization in the right direction.

In reality, many organizations are shallow in their corporate knowledge. It is people that understand "why" the numbers or data is saying what it is saying. We need insightful leaders and professionals that have a comprehension/synthesis level understanding of the business enterprise. The information-based governance process needs to have dynamic aspects to it, involving some level of discomfort and interdisciplinary transcendence, and continues to see the importance of dealing with blind spots and overcoming challenges. Information-savvy governance is about prediction and prevention via circulating information within the ecosystem seamlessly; deploying and opening new information from the dynamic business environment continuously.

Governance is all about conformance and performance. It means to conform to laws/regulations etc, and perform to achieve business goals. It is important to emphasize that governance is fundamentally about having a systematic approach to improve decision effectiveness and risk intelligence within the corporate entity. Information-based structured governance today is informative, proactive, and automated to enable changes and improve management effectiveness and maturity.


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