Leading and Learning

Where to find the best leadership resources on the Web

As business and technology become more inextricably combined, broader perspectives and whole new patterns of management and leadership for IT executives and managers are needed. It's not enough to know just IT anymore; you have to understand the business as a whole. And leadership is more important than ever: You know the way, and now you need to show your team the way. Fortunately, the Web offers a plethora of resources where you can shore up gaps in your experience, network with your peers, get a jump-start on coming trends and find the perfect training course for your professional development.


Besides Computerworld and Computerworld ROI, here are some publications devoted to management, leadership and IT that you’ll want to check out:

Harvard Business School Publishing

This page offers executive summaries of articles From The Harvard Business Review and “Harvard Management Communication Letter Online” newsletter. For a small fee, often $2 to $3, you can order the specific article you’d like to read. Searches on the terms “leadership” and “information technology” each yielded 300 articles. The site has a specific starting point for managers with executive summaries of management specific articles and a tool box of Web resources that includes a career guide and book reviews. It also features a neat self-management, self-assessment tool that sends back your results and recommended Harvard Business School Publishing resources (for purchase) that will help you enhance your skills as a manager.


A biweekly online resource from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, this site offers the latest business insights, information and research from a variety of sources. These include analysis of current business trends, interviews with industry leaders and Wharton School faculty, articles based on the most recent business research, book reviews, conference and seminar reports, links to other Web sites and more. Content is divided into 14 sections, including “managing technology.”

MIT Sloan Management Review

A quarterly publication, published by The MIT Sloan School of Management, the SMR is a business journal that bridges the gap between management research and practice, evaluating and reporting on new research to help readers identify and understand significant trends in management. There is a charge: individual subscribers in the U.S. pay $89.


This online magazine, from Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., pursues the highest-level business issues via case studies, interviews, scholarly research, journalistic reports, profiles and first-person accounts. There is also an “Idea Exchange,” strategy+business’s interactive salon.

McKinsey Quarterly

Users can navigate this site by region, industry or function and find articles on economics and management from the McKinsey & Co. consultancy. Requires registration, but it’s free.


This quarterly journal is published by The Drucker Foundation and features leadership and management articles by top thought leaders from the private, public and social sectors. There’s limited full-text access to articles. An annual subscription rate will cost you $149.

Worldlink Magazine

The bimonthly magazine of the World Economic Forum addresses the demands and problems faced by global business.


Wharton Leadership Digest

Leadership in Action

A bimonthly newsletter from The Center for Creative Leadership and Jossey-Bass Publishers. This site offers articles to help practicing leaders hone their existing skills and identify and develop new ones. U.S. subscriptions (six issues per year) are $99 for individuals and $124 for institutions.

On Center

Also from The Center for Creative Leadership is a bimonthly e-newsletter that examines, summarizes and delivers tools, tips and advice to practicing managers who face the daily challenges of leading. This newsletter is free.

Centers, Institutes and Organizations

The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management

Find links to recommended readings, leadership courses, leadership programs of other institutions, publications, events, a page of information and resources to devoted to e-commerce and leadership and more.

Society for Information Management

A not-for-profit organization, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is dedicated to providing its membership with an infrastructure to access international IT perspectives, continuing education opportunities and an elite network of peer resources through programs geared to the IT executive. SIM has regional chapters.

The American Management Association (AMA)

The AMA is a membership-based management development organization that offers business education and management development programs for individuals and organizations. The cost of membership varies (an executive membership is $225; a professional member ship is $45). The AMA offers a trial membership and sample access to its member content. One piece of content you can check out with your trial membership is Mworld, The AMA’s portal site. Find libraries, forums, articles, news and more here. The AMA offers a multitude of seminars, self-study courses, conferences, best management practices, books and web resources. For leadership, visit The Leadership self study courses. Stop here to check out 200 seminars on today’s key management topics offered by the AMA. These include 14 seminars on IT management. We don’t usually devote so much space to one website, but there’s a lot going on here. There’s free access to an executive guide to emerging management trends and 300 articles, reports and web sites on more than 40 management topics.

The Conference Board’s Information Management Center

Founded in 1995, The Conference Board’s Information Management Center has grown to an international network of more than 300 senior decision-makers representing more than 100 companies participating in the nine councils comprising the Center. Councils in this area include “The Council of Information Management Executives,” which provides a forum for senior managers to review problems and solutions—whether the topic is client/server technology or customer service. The Conference Board is a membership-based organization with a mission to help executives build strong professional relationships, expand their business knowledge and find solutions to business problems.

The Information Management Forum (IMF)

The Information Management Forum is an international association of business and IT executives that provides a platform for sharing the best in past experiences, current practices and future innovation. The executives and senior managers participating in IMF represent Fortune 1,000 companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The site offers CIO executive meetings, focus groups and other kinds of networking events.

The International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT)

The IAMOT supports research and application projects, encourages education in the field of technology management, aids in the exchange of information and acts as an information resource center in the field of technology management.

The WITI Foundation

The WITI Foundation, founded in 1989, is dedicated to advancing women in technology and increasing the number of women in executive roles in technology and technology-based companies.

TechMan: The Technology Management Network

An international network for the development and dissemination of best practices in innovation and technology management. On this site, you’ll find links to conferences and workshops, publications, tools, education and training, and associated networks.

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)

The center is a nonprofit educational institution devoted to understanding and expanding the leadership capabilities of individuals and organizations. The CCL offers leadership development programs, assessment tools and services.

The International Leadership Association (ILA)

This body serves as an independent global network for all those with a professional interest in leadership.


Fifth Annual Wharton Leadership Conference: Developing Leaders

The Inn at Penn, Philadelphia, June 7, 2001

Interchange 2001: Revolutionizing Business through Technology

October 21-24, The Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia. This SIM event is focused on assisting IT leaders of today and tomorrow prepare for what the e-future holds.

The 10th International Conference on Management of Technology

Management of Technology: Growth through Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship. March 19 - 22, 2001 at the Moevenpick Hotel, Lausanne, Switzerland. If you miss this one, The 11th International Conference on Management of Technology will be held at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla., March 9 - 14, 2002.

The Fourth Annual Coaching & Mentoring Conference

April 30-May 3, 2001, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Va.

Leadership without Borders: Developing Global Leaders

April 5-6, 2001, College Park, Md.

2001 Professional Women’s Summit Executive Women’s Forum

A WITI conference: March 28 - 29, Fairmont Hotel, Dallas; June 20 –21, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 24 - 25 John B. Hynes Convention Center, Boston

The Information Management Forum’s Event Calendar

General Leadership Resources

Leadership Knowledge Base

Leadership links on a variety of topics compiled by Michael J. Freeman, a research and development project manager at Agilent Technologies’ Lightwave division.

Leadership Competencies

From The Institute for Leadership Dynamics, which conducts and supports a broad range of research and education on the dynamics of leadership. Lists and defines leadership competencies.

Professional and Leadership Development

This site, rrom the National School Boards Association, offers guidance on identifying and developing leadership styles and responsibilities. In addition, it outlines the characteristics of successful professional development programs.

CEO Express

Features articles and resources on executive management topics.

Test Your Leadership

An anonymous test with 15 questions that offers a customized response and evaluation based on your answers.

Leadership Library

Recommended books on leadership. The library is compiled by Leadership Strategies, a professional service firm that specializes in counseling senior business executives.

Online Leadership Resources

A fairly comprehensive list compiled by David Swenson, Associate Professor of Management at The College of St. Scholastica, in Minnesota.

Executive Education Program Rankings, Reports and Listings

Bricker’s Executive Education Search Page

Find distance, graduate, seminars and part-time programs.

Financial Times Executive Education 2000

An integrated global ranking of business schools in two categories: Those who work with companies to provide customized programs, and those who supply nondegree open enrollment programs. Central to the two rankings is the views of those managers who purchased the programs and attended the courses.

U.S. News and World Report’s Executive MBA ranking

Customizable ranking list.

Corporate Universities

A Fortune magazine special report on how corporate universities leverage knowledge in the enterprise. The report was produced in association with Corporate University Xchange, a New York-based corporate education and research firm.

The Financial Times Business Education page

Features articles, resources and surveys on business education and its current trends.

Bricker’s International Directory 2001

Petersons Guides, 32nd edition (December 2000), 1,175 pages, $316.

A guide to executive education programs. Includes content, costs, strengths, program length and target audience in programs offered by universities and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Executive Education Search Engines


Eduport.com is a specialized search engine directory for professional development, education and distance learning, offering access to information and resources in the areas of business, higher education, medicine and technology.

ScheduleEarth.com Executive Education Seminars & Conferences

A searchable database of conferences and seminars.

Executive Education Articles

Guidelines for Selecting Executive Programs

Suggestions on narrowing the field to programs that can accommodate individual learning needs, meet your expectations for quality and are aligned with your organization’s management philosophy and strategic goals.

Team Teaching

An article in CFO magazine about the benefits of corporate and university partnerships.

Custom Suits

A CFO magazine article about how companies find tailored programs to fit their executive education needs. Has some survey information, including a list of custom program providers, the number of programs and school revenue.

School Search

A CIO magazine article on locating exec education programs that integrate strategic uses of technology for business into their executive education curriculum.

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