Factors for Fractional CIO engagement success

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As small- to medium-sized enterprises struggle with IT management, an increasing number appoint Fractional CIOs, i.e., CIOs that work part-time for multiple organizations simultaneously. We use Q-methodology to empirically evaluate the relative importance of factors for Fractional CIO engagement success and find that trust, top management team support, and the Fractional CIO’s integrity are most important. Further, we identify three groups of Fractional CIOs: Strategic IT Advisors, Full-ownership CIOs, and Change Agents. Our results guide organizations when hiring and working with Fractional CIOs and provide the basis for further research on Fractional CIO archetypes.


Original languageEnglish
Article number103793
JournalInformation & Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

External IDs

Scopus 85153796647
WOS 000989813600001


DFG Classification of Subject Areas according to Review Boards


  • Engagement success, Fractional CIO, Q-methodology, SMEs, Small businesses, Virtual CIO, Q -methodology