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Digital transformation presents a key strategic priority for firms in different industries. Accordingly, many firms are establishing a new managerial position: the Chief Digital Officer (CDO). However, existing research on the CDO lacks a comprehensive understanding of this position. We address this research gap by conducting a systematic literature review. Relying on configurational perspective, we integrate three domains: the CDO position, person, and environment. Our preliminary results suggest that existing research has largely focused on the CDO position and point to the uniqueness of this position. At the same time, the person and the environment of the CDO have received less attention, identifying potential for future research. With this study, we extend research on the CDO through providing a holistic view on this position. Our results also support practitioners in understanding the implications of hiring a CDO.

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Aug 10th, 12:00 AM

What Do We Know about the Chief Digital Officer? A Literature Review

Digital transformation presents a key strategic priority for firms in different industries. Accordingly, many firms are establishing a new managerial position: the Chief Digital Officer (CDO). However, existing research on the CDO lacks a comprehensive understanding of this position. We address this research gap by conducting a systematic literature review. Relying on configurational perspective, we integrate three domains: the CDO position, person, and environment. Our preliminary results suggest that existing research has largely focused on the CDO position and point to the uniqueness of this position. At the same time, the person and the environment of the CDO have received less attention, identifying potential for future research. With this study, we extend research on the CDO through providing a holistic view on this position. Our results also support practitioners in understanding the implications of hiring a CDO.

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