ERIC Number: ED473386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Experiential Learning in the Introductory MIS Class: Interviews with IT Professionals.
O'Hara, Margaret T.; Stephens, Charlotte
Students enter the introductory Management Information Systems (MIS) class having heard all the hype regarding the information technology (IT) profession, but often knowing little of the realities. In an effort to have general business students gain a deeper understanding of the IT profession and the IT professional, the authors developed an interview exercise that serves many purposes. Students receive instruction on conducting interviews and the research project in which they are participating is described. Then each student selects an appropriate interview candidate and researches the candidate's organization. Each student conducts an in-depth interview, including both a structured and an unstructured interview. Each student submits a paper describing the organization and reporting on interview results. Finally, each student makes a formal presentation to the class. This paper details the methodology for this pedagogical exercise and reports results obtained after over 100 interviews. Benefits achieved are substantial from a pedagogical, research, and community-relations perspective. An appendix includes the "CISM Interview with IT Professional" interview form. (Contains 9 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management Annual Conference (15th, Brisbane, Australia, December 6-10, 2000); see IR 058 611.