Important: This instance is deprecated and will be closed soon! Please visit this platform
26-29 May 2015
Europe/Berlin timezone
Home > Timetable > Session details > Contribution details

Contribution Complete Research Paper

Fürstenberghaus - F33
08 - Economics and Value of IS

Does CEO’s IT Knowledge Matter? An Empirical Analysis of Earnings Conference Calls


  • Weifang WU

Primary authors

  • Weifang WU (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


  • Rong ZHENG (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


We study the impact of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s IT knowledge on firm performance by leveraging the knowledge-based view and the influence of top management. We take an innova-tive approach by examining CEO’s conversation with financial analysts and investors in the earnings conference calls, which are considered as the biggest information event for listed com-panies. We measure CEO’s IT knowledge by counting the amount of IT discussions in the CEO’s answers to IT-related questions at the conference calls. The results show a positive relationship between CEO’s IT knowledge and firm performance. The findings will have clear and high con-tributions to the core IS literature of business value of IT by explicitly studying the role of top executives in IT success.