I just came across a thought-provoking article on Christopher Koch’s CIO Magazine blog which digs into the differences exhibited by CIOs who report to CFOs, vs those who report to CEOs. The comments on the blog entry are as interesting as the entry itself I think!
Although there are a number of ways of interpreting the results (are the CIOs reporting to CFOs in those positions because they’ve failed to demonstrate the “right stuff”? Or does the reporting line stifle the CIO’s ability to shine? Which is the cart and which is the horse?) It appears clear that CIOs reporting to CEOs have more freedom and more in the way of a contributory role to play in shaping organisational strategy.