The Relationship Between Organisational Strategic IT Vision and CIO Roles: One Size Does Not Fit All

  • Moyassar Zuhair Al-Taie University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
  • Michael Lane University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
  • Aileen Cater-Steel University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
Keywords: Contingency approach to leadership, Organisational strategic IT vision, Chief Information Officer (CIO) Role, CIO’s reporting structure, CIO’s job title, Australia.

Abstract

The organisational strategic IT vision has been considered as a key contingency that affects the role of Information Technology (IT) leadership in organisations. Using the theoretical lens of the contingency approach to leadership, this study investigates the influence of strategic IT vision of an organisation on the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role and structural power. A large-scale survey was conducted with CIOs of Australian organizations. The results of the data analysis show that the Educator role of the CIO seems to be more important in organisations that articulated a ‘transform’ vision of IT compared to organisations that focus on IT for automation. The results also show that CIOs in organisations that strategically view IT as a transformation or informate-down orientation gave the role of Information Steward more attention than CIOs working in organisations where IT is viewed as a means to automate processes. The findings also show that there is significant positive association between the organisation’s strategic IT vision and the CIO’s structural power in terms of reporting structure and CIO job title. This study has implications for practitioners as the findings indicate the necessity for CIOs to align their roles with their firm’s IT vision and suggest that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) should empower their firm’s CIOs in terms of their reporting structure and job title as the role of IT in the organisation progresses from the lower strategic vision of IT (automate) to the highest vision (transform).

Author Biographies

Moyassar Zuhair Al-Taie, University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
PhD Student
Michael Lane, University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
Senior Lecturer (Information Systems)
Aileen Cater-Steel, University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business and Law School of Information Systems
Associate Professor (Information Systems) & Associate Dean (Research)
Published
2014-06-26
How to Cite
Al-Taie, M. Z., Lane, M., & Cater-Steel, A. (2014). The Relationship Between Organisational Strategic IT Vision and CIO Roles: One Size Does Not Fit All. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v18i2.827
Section
Research Articles