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IBM Pursues CIO Leadership Development

IBM last week formed a new superinitiative called the Center for CIO Leadership, a global community of executives and academics focused on developing CIOs and advancing the profession as a whole. The Center will be headed by Executive Director Harvey Koeppel, with a governing council comprising CIOs and professors from MIT, INSEAD, Harvard, and other institutions.

The Center will act, in part, as a repository for leadership development and research. Development will include educational resources for CIOs, including online courses and classroom-based programs. These programs will be predicated on feedback from CIOs and discussions with executives and corporate directors.

The Center will also be engaged in research tackling issues that CIOs face and measuring attitudes and needs of CIOs. To kick off the research, IBM conducted a survey of 175 CIO in conjunction with Harvard Business School and MIT's Center for Information Systems Research. Some of the findings include:
  • 69 percent indicate significant involvement in strategic planning;
  • 80 percent considered themselves valued members of their organizations' senior leadership teams; and
  • Only 37 percent considered themselves highly or exceptionally skilled in the area of their own career management/development.
"The new Center for CIO Leadership will enable CIOs to share and learn in a community environment in a way that will enhance the profession," said Linda Sanford, senior vice president, IBM enterprise on demand transformation, in a statement released last week. "Our survey research indicates that CIOs and their teams are looking to break out and create new value and long term growth for their companies, and the education, learning, and collaboration provided by the Center for CIO Leadership will help accomplish this."

As of this writing, IBM had not yet launched a site for the Center; nor had it released the complete results of its 2007 CIO Leadership Survey. We'll update you when this changes.

[Update Dec. 14, 2007: The CIO Leadership Center site has been launched and is linked below. The 2007 CIO Leadership Survey can be found at that site under the "Research" section.]

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