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ERIC Number: ED422926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
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What Motivates Today's Information Systems Graduates?
Schambach, Thomas P.; Chrisman, Carol
Hiring is an enormous challenge in today's Information Systems (IS) organizations due to the heavy demand for graduating students. This paper reports on a study to determine what factors IS students consider important in evaluating potential employers. Initially using an open ended survey approach, 28 upper level IS students were asked to identify what job preference factors were important to them in selecting companies and jobs. Factors identified in the initial open-ended survey were then analyzed and consolidated into common ideas; common ideas were translated into survey statements and combined with statements extracted from the job motivation literature to formulate survey items for a second closed-format survey. The survey results show graduating IS students most prefer a work environment that involves fun, self-gratifying work in a friendly environment. They primarily target jobs that provide growth, learning, and professional development opportunities, and jobs that provide opportunities to work with leading edge, emerging technologies. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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