Key Challenges for Establishing CIO Position in the Public Sector of LDCs: A Case of Bangladesh

Bashir Hussain, Ahmed IMRAN, Timothy Turner

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Unprecedented growth of information and communications technology (ICT), calls for new public management, pressure from donors, citizen demand, and, above all, the government’s “Digital Bangladesh” political pledge provide impetus for integrating ICT in the public sector of Bangladesh. Despite efforts, the country cannot make sufficient progress in ICT due to the lack of IT structure led by a chief information officer (CIO) or similar leadership position. Although the literature describes various aspects of CIO including role effectiveness, competencies and structural relationship, it does not offer any prescriptive measure on how the CIO position should be established. Drawing on institutional theory, this research identifies critical challenges to establishing the CIO position in the public sector of Bangladesh. In-depth interviews with various stakeholders at different levels of the public sector reveal two critical challenges: a lack of organisational structure, and a lack of commitment at a policy level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2016
Place of PublicationDarlinghurst, NSW
PublisherAssociation on Information Systems (AIS)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781741282672
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Occupying the Sweet Spot: IS at the Intersection, ACIS 2016 - University of Woolongong, Woolongong, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016


Conference28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS 2016
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