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The consequences of a mis-match between job and career orientation of information systems professionals

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dc.contributor.author Meredith RG en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:17:25Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:17:25Z
dc.date.created 1996 en
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/53627
dc.description.abstract The high turnover of IS staff in South Africa continues to be a source of concern to organisations relying on Information Technology. Such turnover is costly, and leads to delays in project completion; loss of valuable experience, and reductions in IS department productivity. One of the suggestions for reducing turnover that is frequently encountered in the literature is for organisations to implement a dual-career path for their IT staff. This advice is based on the assumption that IT personnel hold either a managerial or technical career orientation, and that the dual-career path will, therefore, meet the needs of all IT personnel. This study shows that such an assumption is invalid. As a group, IT professionals in South Africa are shown to have a wide diversity of career orientations. In addition, IT professionals with different career orientations are shown to be very different types of employee, having different needs and values, and exhibiting different levels of performance in the job. As expected, IT professionals also tend to occupy jobs that are most likely to fulfil their career orientations. Furthermore, IT professionals whose jobs are congruent with their orientations show significantly greater job and career satisfaction, higher organisational commitment, and less intention to leave their organisations, than their counterparts who experience a mismatch. In contrast, the matched group as a whole did not show superior perceived performance in the job to the mismatched group, although certain orientations did exhibit such differences. It would be valuable to improve and refine the instrument assembled in this study, with the aim of producing a measure that researchers and, moreover, employers can utilise to assess how various jobs match the different career orientations known to exits. Also, it would be beneficial to examine further the performance levels of individuals in positions incompatible with their orientations, and to examine why different levels of performance between matched and mismatched individuals were exhibited by only certain of the orientations. Finally, research should be performed into the different career paths, positions and assignments most suited to the individual orientations, in order to enable organisations to achieve a better fit between the needs of the organisations, and the need of the IT employee. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Accounting en
dc.subject Cost Accounting en
dc.title The consequences of a mis-match between job and career orientation of information systems professionals en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MCom en


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