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From: <Carlson>, Clairese <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Date: Monday, May 13, 2013 2:29 PM
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Subject: [CIO] Higher Education CIO Input Needed
I am a Ph.D. student working on my dissertation. The title: Information technology leadership within higher education:
aligning information technology with the institution it serves. The purpose is to find if leadership style and authority of
the CIO has an effect on the alignment of the IT department with the institution it serves. Alignment being the ability of
the CIO to effectively get the entire IT department to work in unison with the institution.
Because of the cultural and organizational process differences between IT and the campus constituents; problems do arise.
Identified areas of consequence causing misalignment are; change culture, mission, support and resources, and information
technology staff. Many CIO’s have been successful aligning their IT departments with the institution however; there are still
CIO’s who have not been successful with alignment. Researchers want to know first, what or how much CIO authority is needed
to mitigate the negative effects of areas of consequence. They also want to identify the kind of leadership/decision-making
style that is most effective in mitigating the negative effects of areas of consequence. Therefore, a study is needed to identity
the CIO’s authority and leadership styles that successfully mitigate the negative effects of the identified areas of consequence.
My questions are:
1. Do CIO’s really care about aligning their IT departments with higher education institutions?
2. What criteria could be used to effectively identify aligned institutions?
If I could find three institutions where the IT departments are aligned with the institution I could conduct a case study to find if all
The CIO’s have a common leadership/decision style and whether or not they have the same authority on campus.
Any help you all could give is greatly appreciated,
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