Double jeopardy: The crises in information systems, an Australian perspective

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ACIS 2007 Proceedings - 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 2007, pp. 60 - 69
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Students have been deserting IS and ICT courses in droves over the last three or four years, despite forecasts that job prospects in the IS/ICT industry are improving and that there is an impending skills shortage. This paper discusses implications of the current crisis, suggesting that there are in fact two related crises, before outlining a local national response and then proposing a framework for defining an IS career that recognizes the changes in the IS/ICT industry since the turn of the century. Broad career streams that emphasise the importance of IS students being given broad knowledge that includes people, business and technology skills are described. This framework needs to be further developed to provide a foundation to promote a business-focussed, vibrant and important IS industry overall that will appeal to prospective students in order to provide the graduates to address the predicted skills shortage. © 2007 David Wilson and David Avison.
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