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Leadership Development Module 1, Chapter 2: The Role of the CIO and IT in the Business

Published: 26 February 2016

ID: G00300033

Analyst(s): Colleen Young


The CIO role blends leadership, technical, management, legal and commercial skills to ensure that the enterprise exploits technology and technology-related disciplines to best effect. Trends between business sectors and between individual enterprises mean wide variations between CIOs will increase.

Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
  • IT Roles Must Link to Business-IT Alignment
  • IT Organization Value Propositions Clarify Vision and Direction
    • Sourcing and Delivering Excellent Value
    • Partnership for Business Solutions
    • Strategic Insight and Leadership
  • Combining the Elements to Create the Right Value Proposition
    • Technology Service Partner
    • Process and Information Value Creator
    • Technology Contractor
  • Choosing the Right Value Proposition to Connect With Business-IT Alignment
    • Business-IT Alignment Drives IT Value Proposition
    • Value Proposition Choices for Grinder-Style Business-IT Alignment
    • Value Proposition Choices for Butler-Style Business-IT Alignment
    • Value Proposition Choices for Team-Player-Style Business-IT Alignment
    • Value Proposition Choices for Entrepreneur-Style Business-IT Alignment
  • The Personal Value Proposition and Capabilities of a CIO
    • CIO Value Propositions
    • How the CIO's Value Proposition Relates to the Core IT Management Disciplines
    • How IT Leaders Need to Set the Culture, Tone, Ethics and Behavior of the IT Organization

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