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“Adventures of an IT Leader” named best book of 2009 by CIO Insight

CIO Insight magazine has named a new book by Richard Nolan, the Philip M. Condit Endowed Chair in Business Administration at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, among its “Best IT-Business Books of 2009.”

The Adventures of an IT Leader,” published by Harvard Business Press, is the product of a novel experiment in serial case studies developed over several years by Nolan and co-authors Rob Austin and Shannon O’Donnell.

The suite of chapter-cases invites the reader to walk a year in the shoes of Jim Barton, the newly promoted chief information officer at a financial services firm, as he learns, under considerable duress, to be an effective leader in the most volatile job in business. The story is fiction. But it’s rooted in many decades of real-world experience in IT consulting and higher education pedagogy on offer from Nolan and Austin.

“2009 produced headaches for many CIOs, but it also produced some of the best IT business books we’ve seen in years,” wrote the editors of CIO Insight, who selected Nolan’s book number two on their list.