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The University of Auckland Business School

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About the course

This intensive, practically focused programme prepares mid-career IT professionals to step into a CIO role.

This experiential programme will equip ambitious mid-career IT professionals for the challenging role of the CIO in today’s fast moving and complex world. They will develop an enterprise leadership mindset and learn to contribute at a strategic level. The focus is on building commercial acumen, strategic thinking and a deeper understanding of the role IT can play in addressing organisational challenges and creating customer value.

Prominent Business School faculty, IT executives and specialist facilitators share their knowledge, experience, practices and tools to empower participants to become effective CIOs and leaders within their organisations.

Live case studies bring to life the challenges of developing and delivering effective IT strategies and initiatives.

The programme is designed to be practical and relevant for future CIOs and their organisations – particularly those needing to improve the bench strength, depth and succession pipeline in their IT team.

Programme content


Each module includes a mix of:

  • Interactive workshops with senior Executive Education faculty
  • Leading industry speakers
  • Live case studies, simulations and participative exercises
  • Peer group interaction
  • Readings and thought leadership
  • Application of learning to the participants’ businesses
  • Work on strategic initiatives for the sponsoring organisations

Individual development

  • Participants will develop a view of who they want to be as CIO and the capability they need to develop to complete their journey.
  • They will plan how they will develop themselves and their teams and create value for their organisations.
  • Participants will strengthen their networks through interaction with their programme peers, guest speakers and programme faculty.

Organisational benefit

  • Each participant will develop a business case for an initiative that is of strategic value to their organisation.
  • Individuals are mentored by Advisory Group members, other industry leaders and faculty members.

Who should attend

Participants should:

  • Currently be in an IT-based role that reports to the CIO, CEO or other member of the Executive team
  • Have been identified as having potential to progress to the CIO or equivalent role within the next five years
  • Have a minimum of five years of senior IT experience

Trust the experts

Daniel Vidal

Dr Daniel Vidal is a general management consultant with strong hands-on systems and business strategy development experience gained in top international companies. He has an extensive consulting and advisory background with specific strengths in IT-driven transformation, strategy, business perfor...


Ilan Oshri

Dr Ilan Oshri is a professor at the Graduate School of Management. Ilan is the author of 18 books on sourcing and has extensively published on the future of work in both academic and managerial journals. He has acted as a consultant to numerous organisations in Europe, the United States and Asia...


Michael Myers

Professor of Information Systems, Head of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management Professor Myers is Senior Editor of the Information and Organization journal, Senior Editor of Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), and Editor of the AISWor...


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