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The Difference Between Uppercase and Lowercase Governance

Governance is a term that many of today’s leaders struggle with, which is odd because it’s not a new concept. In fact, Professor P. Ross S. Wise notes that the idea has been around since the Enlightenment. Back then, it was referred to as the rule of law; and while we call it governance today, the root of the term is still the same.

To further understand, governance can be broken down into two forms: uppercase Governance and lowercase governance. Uppercase governance means the laws that ruling powers such as government and lawmakers have put into place. This could include everything from privacy laws to traffic laws, and disobedience often means severe punishment.

However, lowercase governance is more a general idea. It is often the specific behaviors that organizations have deemed appropriate for certain situations and staying within these set boundaries is important for career success. It requires holding yourself accountable to a certain level of standards, making those standards clear to everyone, ensuring all are on board, and predicting where these standard rules will help and where they will fall short. In the end, you can’t have rules just to have rules. Every boundary must be set to better the organization, and if your employees can understand why the rules are set, they will have more reason to comply.   




About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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