IT Training as a Strategy for Business Productivity in Developing Countries

IT Training as a Strategy for Business Productivity in Developing Countries

Shirish C. Srivastava (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Thompson S.H. Teo (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2006100105
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Abstract

Most existing studies on technology training address the operational issues of training process (e.g., training needs assessment, learning, delivery methods, etc.). The strategic concerns of IT training for enhancing business productivity largely are not addressed by the current literature. In this article, we explore the strategic concerns of IT training in hierarchical organizations, which are typically prevalent in developing countries. We synthesize various ideas in the literature on change management, training needs analysis, and IT adoption in order to evolve a strategic IT training framework for hierarchical organizations. The proposed framework recognizes the differences in IT training requirements for different levels of employees and suggests a differentiated training content for different segments of employees. The training framework provides an actionable and comprehensive tool that can be used for systematically planning IT training for enhancing productivity of organizations.

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