Toward recruitment and retention strategies based on the early exposure to the IT occupational culture

Isabelle J. Fagnot, Indira R. Guzman, Jeffrey M. Stanton

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Abstract

In this research in progress, we examine cultural issues of the occupation that generate negative attitudes toward IT majors. This project follows a qualitative and quantitative study whose findings suggest that culture of the IT occupation plays a critical role in a student's decision to pursue or continue in the IT occupation - especially for women and minorities. We propose that inoculation theory provides an ideal framework to enhance students' recruitment and retention in IT majors. Exposing students to small doses of the negative aspects of the IT profession that we found in our previous study will affect their decisions. We video-taped interviews of senior IT students to extract video segments that would impact students who have not had work experience in the IT field yet. These segments will be part of a workshop where the videos will be presented. In this report we present the theoretical framework that explains our approach and the procedure that we are following.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
Subtitle of host publicationReaching New Heights
Pages1918-1926
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2007Aug 12 2007

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights
Volume3

Other

Other13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
CountryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/10/078/12/07

Keywords

  • IT workforce
  • Occupational commitment
  • Occupational culture of IS/IT personnel
  • Recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Fagnot, I. J., Guzman, I. R., & Stanton, J. M. (2007). Toward recruitment and retention strategies based on the early exposure to the IT occupational culture. In Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights (pp. 1918-1926). (Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights; Vol. 3).