An Examination of the Correlates of Burnout in Information Systems Professionals

An Examination of the Correlates of Burnout in Information Systems Professionals

Vikram Sethi (Southwest Missouri State University, USA), Tonya Barrier (Southwest Missouri State University, USA) and Ruth C. King (University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, USA)
Copyright: © 1999 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1999070101
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Abstract

The study examines the correlates of burnout in systems (IS) professionals. While there has been little previous research in the area of burnout among IS professionals, anecdotal evidence shows that burnout causes a negative impact on the peiformance of IS employees. These negative impacts can take the form of cynicism, dissatisfaction, and turnover (McGee, 1996). In this study we empirically examine the correlations of burnout with several work attributes that are considered to be either antecedents or consequences of burnout. Two role stressors are examined in this study - role ambiguity and role conflict. These variables are theorized to be antecedents of burnout. In addition, two dimensions of organizational commitment-affective and continuance commitment-are examined as possible consequences of burnout. The emotional exhaustion subscale of the Maslach Burnout Inventory is used to measure burnout in 312 IS professionals. Both role stressors were found to co "elate positively with burnout. In addition, affective commitment was found to be negatively correlated and continuance commitment positively correlated with burnout.

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