Strategies for Managing IS/IT Personnel

Strategies for Managing IS/IT Personnel

Magid Igbaria (Claremont Graduate University, USA and Tel Aviv University, Israel) and Conrad Shayo (California State University, San Bernardino, USA)
Release Date: July, 2003|Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 356
ISBN13: 9781591401285|ISBN10: 1591401283|EISBN13: 9781591401292|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-128-5


Information technology continues to revolutionarize the way commercial enterprises, government, and individuals conduct business. Sustained success in value creation in today's networked economies depends in part on how organizations are effective in attracting, developing, and retaining talented IS professionals. The magnitude of the challenges that face organizations in managing IS professionals demand clearer and more cohesive strategies than currently exist. Firms with more effective strategies formanaging IS professionals will consistently outperform their peers. Studies have shown that the IS profession is now characterized by low skilled staff, high turnover rates, job stress, and burnout. Strategies for Managing IS/IT Personnel explores the challenges faced by organizations as they develop strategies for recruiting, training, retraining and retaining IT professional. The book should be valuable to all managers, researchers, teachers and students who want to learn about issues related to the IS professional career and how strategies for recruiting, training, retraining and retaining the "best and the brightest" IT talent can be designed, implemented and monitored.

Reviews and Testimonials

This highly recommended book covers the very important area of Human Resource Management in the IT/IS sector. This area is very unique in nature and cannot be derived from general practices and norms of human resource management. Igbaria and Shayo have done a great job in assembling and editing an illuminating collection of chapters dealing with the various aspects of HR management in IT/IS. Such a book has been missing for many years. At last we have now the opportunity to learn on this issue from a great book. This excellent book serves two purposes. First it is one of the most comprehensive discussions on human resource management in the information (IT) field. Second, it is the most appropriate commemoration dedicated to one of the most talented scholars in the IT management area, Dr. Magid Igbaria, who passed away at the age of 44 of cancer after a long and brave struggle with the disease. There could not be a better way to commemorate Magid but by publishing his last book that he and Dr. Conrad Shayo edited so skillfully.

– Dr. Niv Ahituv, Tel Aviv University, Israel

People who work in IT are people who work on some of the toughest problems around today. They need nurturing, development, education, and understanding of the other parts of the business they work in. They need to know how to cope with the outsourcing going on around them. Igbaria and Shayo provide a comprehensive understanding of these and many other IS/IT personnel issues. The book will help managers both within and outside IT as well as college and university faculty in discussing the people side of computing.

– Paul Gray- Claremont Graduate University-CA

"I found this book to be one of the only ones to address these topics in an easy to read fashion. The selection of topics fits the guidelines for the course at my school." [...] "The book is a composite of articles and works which are fully cited, making it easy to find the reference materials." [...] "In the vein of 'what is old is new again', I am pleased to find that the basic theories and concepts are still true today; allowing the instructor, with the necessary background and experience, to actually discuss the long term trends and constants in the field."

– Professor William Wimberly, California University of Management and Sciences

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Magid Igbaria was Professor of Information Science at the Claremont Graduate University and at the Faculty of Management, Graduate School of Business, Tel Aviv University. Formerly, he was a Visiting Professor of Decision Sciences at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and a Professor of MIS at the College of Business & Administration, with Drexel University. He has published articles on electronic commerce, virtual workplace, information economics, computer technology acceptance, IS personnel, management of IS, compumetrical approaches in IS, and international IS in Communications of the ACM, Computers & Operations Research, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Omega, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, and others. His research interests focused on electronic commerce, virtual workplace, computer technology acceptance, information and computer economics management of IS, IS personnel, and international IS.
Conrad Shayo is a Professor of Information Science at California State University San Bernardino. Over the last 20 years he has worked in various capacities as a university professor, consultant, and manager. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Information Science from the Claremont Graduate University, formerly Claremont Graduate School. He also holds an MBA in Management Science from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. His research interests are in the areas of IT assimilation, distributed learning, end-user computing, organizational memory, organizational learning assessment, reusable learning objects, IT strategy, and “virtual societies”. His most recent publications can be found in the Information Systems Journal, Journal of End User Computing, and the Encyclopedia of Library Sciences and Information Technology.