CIO Problems and Prospects
Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, Paris 2008
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 email@example.com
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.
CIO, Equilibrist, Information Leadership, Information Management, Informing, Inspiring,Orchestrator, Strategic Alignment