Responding to World Competition: Developing the Global IS Professional

Responding to World Competition: Developing the Global IS Professional

Paul Cheney (University of South Florida, USA) and George M. Kasper (Texas Tech University, USA)
Copyright: © 1993 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1993010102
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Abstract

This article discusses the importance of producing entry level information systems (IS) professionals who can function effectively not only in North America but throughout the rest of the world. In particular we contrast information technology differences between North America and Europe. Included among these are differences in preferred development techniques, programming languages, and data communications standards. We suggest that one solution to producing a global IS professional is to expand the technical depth and managerial breadth of the typical North American IS undergraduate curriculum. We propose an expanded 150 semester hour program, similar to the approach that has been taken by the accounting discipline. Our suggested curriculum builds upon the recommended Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) undergraduate curriculum but it also includes courses that are part of the International Federation for Information Processing/ British Computer Society (IFIP/BCS) recommended program as well as courses that have been suggested by practitioners who are responsible for global IS activities.

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