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Berkeley-Haas study identifies success factors of extraordinary CIOs

Future of CIO profession to be discussed at Sept. 14 event in Berkeley, Calif.

Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business

University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business -- A just completed multi-year research project by the Fisher CIO Leadership Program at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business has uncovered the most important, role specific career success factors of chief information officers.

The study was initiated by Max Hopper, the iconic author of American Airlines industry-changing SABRE system and conducted by the Fisher CIO Leadership Program. Hopper was concerned that so many companies were failing to achieve much if any benefit from their expensive IT organizations, often after spending large amounts of money with little to show for it. He formed a committee to identify the world's more successful CIOs – those few who had a major, enduring positive impact both on their companies as well as their industries.

A Fisher Program team interviewed in depth each of the fourteen prominent CIOs identified by the Hopper Committee. The companies represented included American Airlines, WalMart, Charles Schwab, FedEX, Marriott, Levi Strauss, FritoLay, Cisco and several others.

An event discussing the findings of this ground-breaking study will take place at UC-Berkeley's Haas School of Business on September 14th and will be attended by most of the CIOs who were interviewed as well as by CIOs and individuals in related professions.


For more information about this study or to attend the Sept. 14 event, please contact James M. Spitze, executive of the Fisher CIO Leadership Program and the study's lead author, at 510-409-2888 or

To obtain a copy of the study, titled "The Renaissance CIO Project: the Invisible Factors of Extraordinary Success," as published in the Winter 2012 issue of the California Management Review (CMR), please visit the CMR website at or contact Jim Spitze.

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