Identifying the CIO role configurations across the organisational life cycle stages

Al-Taie, Moyassar Zuhair (2014) Identifying the CIO role configurations across the organisational life cycle stages. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Arrival of the information age has made the role of the chief information officer (CIO) as vital as other C-suite managers. Since the emergence of the CIO role in the early 1980s, much has been written about it. However, its role remains ambiguous and ill-defined. It is anticipated that one of the main reasons for the lack of clarity and the ambiguity of the CIO role is that the organisational contingencies that shape that crucial role in an organisation have not been considered. The purpose of this research is to identify the role’s configuration for the chief information officer (CIO) across the organisational life cycle (OLC) stages. A quantitative study using component-based SEM was deployed to address three research questions and six hypotheses. This research takes a novel approach to investigate these questions and related hypotheses by empirically examining the relationship between a five stage model of the organisational life cycle and a configuration of six CIO roles. Data were obtained from 174 CIOs through a large scale Australia-wide survey. Findings suggest that the configurations of the CIO role differ across the five stages of the OLC. Results also revealed that CIOs tend to concentrate on the operational (or supply) side role during the early stages of the OLC, whereas a strategic (or demand) side role is predominant in the later stages and in the decline stage of the OLC. Furthermore, no significant interaction effects have been found for organisational information intensity and strategic IT vision which has been proposed to moderate the relationship between the independent variables of this study (the OLC stages) and its dependent variables (the CIO roles). The empirical findings of this study were used to develop the integrated OLC-CIO role framework that can be used to establish stage-wise thinking and improve situational awareness for modern CIOs. This research made several important contributions to existing knowledge and practice and adds substantially to our understanding regarding the role of the CIO in different stages of the OLC. Theoretically, this research has contributed to the growing body of knowledge by conducting an extensive review of the existing literature and addressing an existing gap—that is, investigating the CIO roles across different stages of the organisational life cycle.
This research provided support to the OLC and CIO role theories, validated and modified two instruments, introduced two new definitions, and applied and evaluated PLS/SEM in testing complex model competently. The integrated OLC-CIO role framework developed in this study has many useful implications for practitioners, organisations’ top management, and for specialist education and training institutes responsible for preparing future CIOs. The limitations of this study are acknowledged and a number of suggestions for future research are provided that build on the theoretical and practical contributions of this study.

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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Supervisors: Lane, Michael
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 02:56
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 03:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: chief information officer; CIO
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150301 Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080610 Information Systems Organisation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management

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