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The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results by Ellen Kitzis, Marianne Broadbent

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Laying the Foundation:Leadership

Two paths lie ahead of today’s CIOs. One leads to becoming a trusted senior executive leader of the enterprise; the other leads to a technical management, “just keep the lights on and do it cheap” role. Why are CIOs at a crossroads at this particular point in time? What has changed to throw these two paths into such stark contrast at this moment?

The answer is a combination of factors. Certainly a big part of the answer is the growing dependence of all organizations on technology. Another significant issue is the explosion of globalization, which makes strategy and execution much more complex. Information technology enables global business and global sourcing. At the same time, the effective ...

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