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ERIC Number: ED422915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
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Taking the Show on the Road: The Multiple Rewards of Teaching Information Systems Abroad.
Chepaitis, Elia
This paper discusses the multiple rewards of teaching information systems (IS) abroad, drawing on the experience of an IS professor who has been awarded three Fulbright scholarships in the 1990s. The author draws extensively upon personal experiences in Russia to illustrate the challenges and benefits of teaching in foreign institutions. The impact of the experience is discussed in these areas: course content, curriculum development, economic development, research, and professional development. The opportunities and incentives to teach information systems abroad have increased significantly in the 1990s, particularly in emerging economies, where the need for IS faculty is critical. Although information systems have "gone global" in practice, few positions are reserved for IS faculty in prestigious educational and research exchange programs, in contrast with fields such as economics, business administration, and marketing. Often IS faculty must locate programs and host institutions, and solicit and submit invitations to teach to grantors such as the U.S. Information Agency. The need for IS faculty, particularly in emerging economies, is critical. Continuous reexamination of scope and mission is symptomatic of a healthy, vibrant discipline. Work in societies which are self-consciously engaged in historic geopolitical and socio-economic transition offers irreplaceable experience for insights and creative solutions which are impossible at arms length. A list of research subjects is included to illustrate the panoply of resources available for IS practitioners and educators. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia