The Characteristics, Responsibilities and Future of Chief Information Officers in the Public Sector

Rachel Lawry (Deakin University, Australia), Dianne Waddell (Deakin University, Australia) and Mohini Singh (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 272
EISBN13: 9781609606404|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-814-8.ch012
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This chapter presents a model which depicts the critical factors and assists in understanding the demands and effectiveness of Chief Information Officers (CIO) in public sector organisations. The chapter explores the literature on public sector CIO addressing personal and professional characteristics. It also reviews the literature pertaining to the responsibilities and career advancement and future directions in Government departments. The authors adopt a qualitative methodology by which semi-structured interviews are conducted with CIO representatives from a State Government in Australia. From collation of the interview results, utilising a ‘mind mapping’ strategy, the chapter identifies a model that adequately reflects the critical factors required for a public sector CIO. The chapter concludes that there are certain unique characteristics and responsibilities that a public sector CIO must possess yet a private sector CIO does not require. The chapter also acknowledges the importance of outlining a future direction of the role; something which is neglected by the literature.
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