With business and IT both becoming highly fragmented and partner driven to meet global customer demands, IT resource development has taken on greater importance. Acquisition and career development of IT personnel in house, combined with IT personnel from partners, has to support both IT and business strategy. Successful IT exploration, development and implementation requires IT talent that understands how to operate in a partner-driven, software-as-a-service, plug-and-play hardware and communication environment. At the same time, IT is becoming embedded in business strategies, especially functional strategies (e.g. web/social media driven marketing and partner-driven supply chains). Some have argued that a lack of career paths is a problem for IT workers. The assumption is that the lack of a career path is causing trained professionals to either leave the IT field, or move to another company, which may not be in the same industry. The implications can include a shortage of IT professionals, a loss of tacit knowledge about organizational data and IT processes, and frustration among future IT professionals over how to acquire competencies to reach C-level positions. Neither the assumption that there exists a lack of a career path for IT professionals, nor the implications have been tested. This on-going research constructs career paths of IT professionals inductively from resumes to answer some of these questions. The figure below provides a capstone view of our research agenda. The presentation on Feb 17th will provide an intermediate status of our current research, and wishes to seek insight from some of those in attendance.
Dr. Mohan Tanniru is the Professor of MIS in the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. Prior to August 2013, he was the Dean of School of Business Administration at Oakland University since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in MIS from Northwestern University, and taught and managed programs at UW-Madison, Syracuse University, OU and U of Arizona. He directed a corporate sponsored Applied Technology in Business (ATiB) Program at OU, and coordinated over 200 projects with 45 companies such as GM, DaimlerChrysler, EDS, Lear, Comerica and Compuware. At U of Arizona, he developed three industry sponsored programs: MIS Future Council for curriculum innovations and IT Industry Research Council and Arizona IT Innovation Partnership programs to support research. GM, Ford, Compuware, Honeywell, Intel, Raytheon, Kaiser Permanente, SAP and Sanofi-Aventis supported this research. As the Dean of the SBA at OU, he established a Center for integrated business research and education: CIBRE program to support experiential learning and community engagement. Currently, he is coordinating research in health care through projects with Beaumont, St Joe Mercy-Oakland, Crittenton, Henry Ford Global Health among others, His research interests are in the areas of IT strategy, decision and knowledge based support and health care service delivery innovations. He has authored over 70 articles in journals and books including ISR, MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, DSS, JMIS, IEEE Transactions in Eng. Management, Information and Management and Communications of ACM.