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Authors: Orlikowski, Wanda J.
Baroudi, Jack J.
Issue Date: Apr-1988
Publisher: Stern School of Business, New York University
Series/Report no.: IS-88-32
Abstract: Much of the prior research into information systems (IS) workers has assumed that they are professionals. In this paper we examine the characteristics of IS workers, IS work and the IS workplace, and suggest that this perspective is mistaken. Drawing on the sociological theory of professions as a reference discipline we contend that IS professionalism is an inappropriate categorization, and that such a portrayal limits our understanding of IS workers and their work. We argue in this paper that a more faithful and potentially useful characterization is to view IS workers as members of an occupational group. Within this perspective, an understanding of the occupational culture, context and history of IS workers is essential to an understanding of the IS occupation. We examine and challenge some common myths regarding IS work, technology and the IS workplace. We conclude by making some recommendations for future research are provided, which should enhance our understanding of IS workers as members of an occupation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2451/14460
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