Requisite IS management knowledge and skills construct: A survey

Nansi Shi, David J. Bennett

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A review of the literature suggests that various IS knowledge and skills should be grouped into a construct because many IS tasks require a combination of diverse disciplines. Many studies argue that today's IS executives should be multidisciplinary, while the organizational skills are becoming increasingly important. However, the outstanding issue is what is the appropriate balance of disciplines between the organizational domain and technical domain. For understanding such a balance, it is easier to refer to quantitative proportions than to qualitative descriptions. Therefore, this study suggests a way to quantitatively identify an IS management knowledge and skills construct - a combination that comprises six related knowledge and skills categories suggested by the literature. By analyzing the data obtained in a 1996's survey, two such constructs for current proficiency and expected level have been quantitatively identified. To people aiming at a senior IS executive career, the deficiencies between current and expected constructs suggest not only the direction but also the extent should be enhanced, and the constructs indicate the balance among various disciplines should be maintained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalSIGCPR newsletter
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998


  • IS
  • knowledge
  • skills
  • IS executives
  • multidisciplinary
  • organizational skills
  • organizational domain
  • technical domain
  • IS management knowledge
  • skills construct
  • senior IS executive career


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