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Staying up to date with changes in IT

McGill, T.J. and Dixon, M.W. (2005) Staying up to date with changes in IT. In: Khosrow-Pour, M., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology. Idea Group Publishing, Hershy, PA, USA, pp. 2605-2609.

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Information and communication technology (ICT) has been changing. rapidly over a long period, and this rate of change is likely to continue or increase (Benamati & Lederer, 2001a; Fordham, 2001). This rapid rate of change has produced many opportunities for organizations buy has also brought with it many challenges (Benamati & Lederer, 2001b; Lederer & Mendelow, 1990). Among these challenges is the struggle for organizations to obtain personnel with the appropriate knowledge and skills in order to meet their ICT needs (Byrd & Turner, 2001; Doke, 1999). This is mirrored by the continual requirement for information technology (IT) professionals to keep tp-to-date with the skills required by organizations (Benamati & Lederer, 2001a; Klobas & McGill, 1993).

Previous research has investigated the importance employers place on various skills and perceived deficiencies in these skills (e.g., Doke, 1999; Leitheiser, 1992; Nelson, 1991). While the call for improved communication and social skills has been consistent, the technocal skills in demand have varies dramatically over time (Van Slyke, Kittner, & Cheney, 1998). Less has been written about students’ perceptions of the importance of various ICT skills, though this was addressed in a study that compared Australian and American students’ perceptions of ICT job skills (von Hellens, Van Slyke, & Kittner, 2000). This chapter provides an overview of a project that investigated the channels of information that ICT students use to keep up-to-date with employers’ needs.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: Idea Group Publishing
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