This paper reports the partial results of a study conducted to explore the design, development, use, management and structure of global executive information systems (GEIS). The results reported in this paper discuss the following characteristics of a GEIS: the scope of a GEIS, potential users of a GEIS, the involvement of the users in the initiation, sponsorship, and development of a GEIS, the impact of using a GEIS on the work of executives, and the architecture of a GEIS. The study was conducted in three phases.