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Prepare for Your Tribal Nation’s IT Organizational Design

Identify context and develop foundational knowledge around IT organizational design.

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  • IT organizational placement and design can impact the availability and allocation of tribal nation funding sources and grant opportunities.
  • Rules, regulations, and compacts can add further complexity to the discussion and decision-making process of IT organization placement and design.
  • Discussion around and changes to IT organizational placement and design can unearth operating inefficiencies and result in a politically charged initiative.

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Critical Insight

Influencing Forces Have Implications on IT Organizational Transformation
Internal and external forces can have an impact on current and future funding source utilization and availability.

IT Organization Placement and Design Create Two Distinct Discussions
Placement and design should be considered as separate initiatives and then in conjunction with one another.

IT as a Trusted Partner
When thoughtfully placed and designed, IT will increase its maturity level and become a trusted partner in nation building.

Impact and Result

This blueprint will walk you through strategic decision-making topics that tribal nations should explore and document prior to initiating an IT placement and organization design process. Each tribal nation is unique, and this necessitates in-depth future-state analysis and vigilant documentation of distinct tribal nation context and requirements, as well as allowing for flexibility and growth over time.

  • Identify and document rules, regulations, and compacts that influence the IT organization’s current state and differentiate between actual and perceived influencing forces.
  • Explore and document key areas of focus for IT organization placement and design within your unique tribal nation.
  • Analyze key areas of focus against the IT organization’s current state and gain an understanding of the implications for IT organization placement and design.
  • Craft a communication plan that will address key areas of focus and provide mitigation tactics to gain and maintain ongoing buy-in for this initiative as you move through IT organizational change.

Prepare for Your Tribal Nation’s IT Organizational Design Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to understand more about the unique challenges tribal nations face when initiating organizational design changes.

2. Analyze and communicate the tribal nation IT organizational context

Each tribal nation is unique, and this necessitates analysis and communication around distinct context and requirements.

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Guided Implementation 1: Understand tribal nation context around IT organizational design
  • Call 1: Discuss the drivers and influencing forces for your IT organizational design.
  • Call 2: Summarize your PESTLE and SWOT analysis activities.
  • Call 3: Prepare to document implications.
  • Call 4: Summarize your implications and draft authority matrix.

Guided Implementation 2: Analyze and communicate the tribal nation IT organizational context
  • Call 1: Prepare for key areas of focus analysis activity.
  • Call 2: Summarize key areas of focus capabilities assessment and prepare to review operating models.
  • Call 3: Summarize operating model pros and cons and review finalized authority matrix.
  • Call 4: Review completed communication plan and discuss next steps.


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  • Christopher Abel, Director of IT, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Shadi Almakahleh, Director of Information Technology, Nottawaseppi Huron Band Potawatomi
  • Dave Cluckey, Director of MIS, Oneida Nation
  • Keith Franklin, Director of Information Systems, Ak-Chin Indian Community
  • Kevin Huddleston, Partner, Finley & Cook
  • Alex Largie, Acting Director of IT, Navajo Nation
  • Raul Mavis, Director of IT, Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
  • Kasie Nichols, Director of Self-Governance, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Jimmy Williams, CIO, Choctaw Nation
  • Six anonymous contributors
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