Information Security and Organizational Innovation: exploring the power stasis


Bernard Farkas, Gurpreet Dhillon (Virginia Commonwealth University)


The Annual Security Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada




Research presented in this paper argues that a clear understanding of the power stasis is essential for ensuring information security during organizational innovation. We use Clegg’s Circuits of Power framework to evaluate the integrity of various power dimensions at Kaiser Permanente. Our analysis of the case suggests that 1) an inability to ensure integrity amongst circuits of power results in potential security problems 2) inadequate definition of obligatory passage points in a given context is the root cause for an ill-defined security policy. Our analysis also reveals the importance understanding power relationships in evaluating information security concerns during organizational innovations.