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|Title: ||THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFESSION: MYTH OR REALITY?|
|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.|
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