Exciting New IT Class
Weatherhead is pleased to announce a unique learning opportunity for Fall 2006. We have teamed up with CIO Executive Council to create "Chief Officer Dialogues,” a first-of-its-kind course that will combine theory and real-world exposure to leading information technology (IT) professionals from around the country. In the class, Professor of Information Systems Kalle Lyytinen will leverage real world business situations to teach students about the role of information technology in the strategy and management of organizations.
During the first part of the semester, students will study basic aspects of IT management needed to understand, design, and adopt information technology at the IT function level. Then, during the second part of the semester, guest speakers from the CIO Executive Council will discuss real-world issues facing their companies.
The CIO Executive Council was created by readers of CIO magazine and leaders within the community of CIOs to leverage the individual and collective strengths of its members, both to serve as unbiased and trusted advisors to each other and to advance the CIO role and profession. Launched in April 2004, the Council now has more than 300 CIOs worldwide from various sectors and industries committed to assist each other, cultivate their own careers and those of their team, and advance the role of the CIO.
We are currently planning to have eight guest speakers teaching sections of the class. Topics will range from generating, planning and choosing IT strategy to managing technology-enabled change, and justifying technology investment decisions to the changing role of the CIO. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with enough knowledge to be an informed and active participant in information technology decisions in their organization.
To date, we are pleased to announce the following guests:
- Marcia Bohannon, CIO, Jeffco Public Schools
- Louis Ehrlich, CIO, Global Downstream, Chevron Corporation
- Ed Granger-Happ, CTO, Save the Children
- Dennis Trinkle, CIO, DePauw University
- Steph Warren, CTO, Federal Trade Commission