The Looming CIO Shortage

A new report from the Society for Information Management projects a shortage of qualified CIOs in the years ahead. That means companies must groom their next I.T. leader. Here's how.


A shortage of qualified chief information officers looms in the next few years. Growing demand for CIOs is not being offset by an increasing supply of talented, well-prepared executives, according to a just-released report, "Grooming the 2010 CIO," written for the Society for Information Management Advance Practices Council. The report looks at ways that companies can start addressing the coming CIO shortage today by grooming future leaders from within.

Authors Ritu Agarwal, professor of information systems at the University of Maryland, and Cynthia Beath, professor emeritus of information management at the University of Texas at Austin, interviewed IT and human resources executives from companies known for leadership development, along with partners at search firms involved in recruiting senior technology leaders. They found that the CIO role is changing, with an increasing focus on business knowledge and skills, the ability to manage relationships, and overall leadership capability.

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This article was originally published on 03-12-2007
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