Can Social Capital Enhance the Careers of IT Professionals?

Can Social Capital Enhance the Careers of IT Professionals?

Lixuan Zhang (Augusta State University, USA) and Mary C. Jones (University of North Texas, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2009040104
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Abstract

This study examines the role of human capital and social capital in the career advancement of IT professionals. Specifically, it posits that the greater human capital and social capital an IT professional has, the more promotions that person will receive in his/her career. Although much research about the role of social capital has been conducted, the focus has not been specifically on the IT professional. Yet, there is evidence that IT professionals differ from other professionals not only in terms of the importance they place on social factors, but also in terms of longevity in their jobs, the impact of the dynamics of the IT field on their jobs, and other job related factors. This study examines the IT professional using a theoretical lens that has not been widely applied to them, yet can yield important insights into their careers. This insight includes practical guidance for IT professionals and the organizations for which they work as well as guidance for future research.

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