Firm financial outcomes: The impact of technology leaders

Joseph Kirby, Natalie Gerhart, John R. Wingender

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As the importance of Information Technology (IT) has exploded in business, its prominence in senior leadership teams has become pervasive. However, the success of these companies' efforts is mixed. This research uses Return on Assets, Tobin's q, and Market-to-Book value, to evaluate the impact of adding IT leaders into the C-Suite (CxOs). We examine instances of a CxO as a member of the top-five compensated executives from 1992 and 2018, identifying 2056 observations, and find that firms with a CxO have better financial performance than their non-CxO peers. Second, different CxO titles lead to different financial impact on the firm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3854-3871
Number of pages18
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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