Quick summary of The Adventures of an IT Leader


“Information Technology management is about management.”

With this statement The Adventures of an IT Leader seeks to delve into the issues and challenges surrounding management in the ever-changing world of Information Technology, or IT, in the 21st century. The book by Harvard Business school professors Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O’Donnell  follows the journey of a newly appointed Chief Information Officer – a Mr. Jim Barton- as he navigates a sometime tumultuous year as head of the IT division for his fictional financial services company known as IVK.

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Barton deals with issues related to vendors, personnel management and new technologies. He must establish the IT divisions role in the growth of IVK. The authors, Harvard Business School professors, based the book on real-life scenarios experienced by companies across a variety of industry sectors. The book has been read in and 440 universities and 35 countries worldwide.

Adventures is an enlightening fictional journey that engages readers and asks them to be more than passive observers of the challenges faced by the main character. Rather, the book asks the prospective business student to ponder the various scenarios and offer their own insights into the complex workings of the IT field.

To read other summaries about the book, visit the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/5416737-adventures-of-an-it-leader

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