The Impact Of Information System Personnel Skill Discrepancies On Stakeholder Satisfaction
Career Satisfaction; Discrepancy Theory; Functional Areas: MIS/DSS; IS skills; Job Performance Evaluation; Methodological Areas: Survey Research/Design; Project Management; User Satisfaction
System development efforts depend to a large degree upon how well information systems (IS) managers, IS specialists, and IS users work together in a project team structure. Yet, these individuals frequently work under different perceptions about matters of importance to development, management, and success. This paper introduces a framework for examining IS specialists' skill requirements from a multiple-stakeholder perspective. Derived from discrepancy theory, the framework concedes that different stakeholders hold a variable set of expectations for IS personnel skill levels as well as a perception of skills held by IS personnel. We examine differences in expectation and performance expressed by each group and describe the impact of the discrepancy on user satisfaction, career satisfaction of IS specialists, and on job performance evaluations by IS managers. Results confirm that a discrepancy between an IS specialist's expectations of skill and their perceived skill self-proficiency impacts career satisfaction. Similar relations hold for IS managers and users. Since different stakeholders may hold different perceptions, satisfaction of all parties becomes problematic unless a common frame of reference can be determined.
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Tesch, Debbie; Jiang, James J.; and Klein, Gary, "The Impact Of Information System Personnel Skill Discrepancies On Stakeholder Satisfaction" (2003). Scopus Export 2000s. 1492.