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Software development governance is a nascent field of research. Establishing how it is framed early, can significantly affect the progress of contributions. This position paper considers the nature and role of governance in organizations and in the software development domain in particular. In contrast to the dominant functional and structural perspectives, an integrated view of governance is proposed as managing the management of a particular domain (that is, a meta-management perspective). Principles are developed and applied to software development governance and illustrated by a case study.