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Information Leadership: the CIO as orchestrator and equilibrist

Information Leadership: the CIO as orchestrator and equilibrist

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Published by Rik Maes
The dominant interpretation of the function and role of the CIO is technology-related with business-ICT alignment as a core concept. We criticize this vision as a product of the dominant interpretive scheme and show how the logic of this scheme restricts the worldview of CIO’s and researchers. To overcome these restrictions, we adopt an alternative interpretive scheme based on our twenty years of experience with collaboration with information managers. This scheme is essentially generative and synthetic. We define the function and role of the CIO as the orchestrator of the information-related activities of the organization. To be successful, the CIO should further maintain equilibrium between inspiring and innovating the organization and informing and architecturing it. Finally, we argue for the use of a new language that can involve all stakeholders in these activities to make them enthusiastic participants. Based on this new view, the CIO can emanate information leadership.
The dominant interpretation of the function and role of the CIO is technology-related with business-ICT alignment as a core concept. We criticize this vision as a product of the dominant interpretive scheme and show how the logic of this scheme restricts the worldview of CIO’s and researchers. To overcome these restrictions, we adopt an alternative interpretive scheme based on our twenty years of experience with collaboration with information managers. This scheme is essentially generative and synthetic. We define the function and role of the CIO as the orchestrator of the information-related activities of the organization. To be successful, the CIO should further maintain equilibrium between inspiring and innovating the organization and informing and architecturing it. Finally, we argue for the use of a new language that can involve all stakeholders in these activities to make them enthusiastic participants. Based on this new view, the CIO can emanate information leadership.

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PrimaVera
Working Paper Series
PrimaVera
Working Paper 2008-07
I
NFORMATION
L
EADERSHIP
:
THE
CIO
AS
O
RCHESTRATOR AND
E
QUILIBRIST
 
 Direction d’information: le CIO comme chef d’orchestre et équilibriste
Completed research paper 
 
October 2008Category: AcademicUniversity of AmsterdamDepartment of Information ManagementRoetersstraat 111018 WB Amsterdamhttp://primavera.fee.uva.nl
Copyright
2008 by the Universiteit van AmsterdamAll rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic of mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrievalsystem, without permission in writing from the authors.
 
CIO Problems and Prospects
2
Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, Paris 2008
I
NFORMATION
L
EADERSHIP
:
THE
CIO
AS
O
RCHESTRATOR AND
E
QUILIBRIST
 
 Direction d’information: le CIO comme chef d’orchestre et équilibriste
Completed research paper 
 
Maes, Rik De Vries, Erik J.
University of Amsterdam Business School University of Amsterdam Business SchoolRoetersstraat 11 Roetersstraat 11 NL 1018 WB Amsterdam NL 1018 WB Amsterdammaestro@uva.nl erik.devries@uva.nl
Abstract
The dominant interpretation of the function and role of the CIO is technology-related withbusiness-ICT alignment as a core concept. We criticize this vision as a product of the dominant interpretive scheme and show how the logic of this scheme restricts the worldview of CIO’s and researchers. To overcome these restrictions, we adopt an alternative interpretive scheme based onour twenty years of experience with collaboration with information managers. This scheme isessentially generative and synthetic. We define the function and role of the CIO as theorchestrator of the information-related activities of the organization. To be successful, the CIOshould further maintain equilibrium between inspiring and innovating the organization and informing and architecturing it. Finally, we argue for the use of a new language that can involveall stakeholders in these activities to make them enthusiastic participants. Based on this new view,the CIO can emanate information leadership.
Keywords:
CIO, Equilibrist, Information Leadership, Information Management, Informing, Inspiring,Orchestrator, Strategic Alignment
 
Maes and De Vries, Information Leadership: the CIO as Orchestrator and Equilibrist Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, Paris 2008
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