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ERIC Number: ED556530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3036-8542-2
Sticky IT Workers: Discovering Why Information Technology Professionals Retain Their Employers
Lewis, Phillip Mike
ProQuest LLC, D.Mgt. Dissertation, George Fox University
In the current business climate and social technologies expansion era, Information Technology (IT) workers are important organization contributors that connect organizations into today's data-driven, highly social, and always-on global economy. Thus, organizations need IT workers. Unfortunately, as a class, IT workers have developed a reputation that includes short organization tenures. However, not all IT workers suffer this stigma, some IT workers stick with one organization for a long time. Discovering why these Sticky IT workers retain their employers provides insights and direction for organization leaders and architects to help them shape their organizations into those that IT workers choose to stick with. In this phenomenology, Sticky IT workers were interviewed to discover and describe organization qualities that are important them. That is, the research investigated," Why do you stay?" which distinguishes it from research that asks, "Why did you leave?" or "Why do you intend to leave?" Seven themes emerged from the investigations--learning, people, pay, career, opportunity, environment, and organization--to collectively provide organization leaders and architects a priority-ranked map of organization qualities that lead to increased IT worker tenures. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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