An Analysis of Required Information Technology Competence for MIS Students in Taiwan's Universities

Yi-shun wang; Tzung-I Tang
February 2012
International Proceedings of Computer Science & Information Tech;2012, Vol. 24, p9
Academic Journal
Information technology (IT) competence has become one of the critical factors for students of management information systems (MIS) if they wish to be successful in their career. However, little research has been conducted on the required IT competence for MIS students after they graduate from colleges/universities. Hence, the purpose of this study was to identify the required IT competence for MIS students in Taiwan's universities, and to provide important implications for Taiwan's MIS education. Through a 2-round qualitative Delphi study and a large sample survey, seven dimensions of IT competence including 44 ability items were proposed. The seven dimensions are (1) access to IT knowledge, (2) current and emerging technologies, (3) experience, (4) basic computer skills, (5) applications, (6) cognition, and (7) management of IT. The ability to access to IT knowledge was considered to be the most important dimension of IT competence according to the respondents. Finally, this study discusses the implications of the results for Taiwan's MIS education research and practice.


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