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Factors affecting advancement of diverse information technology workforce

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Factors affecting advancement of diverse information technology workforce

  1. 1. Factors Affecting Advancement of Diverse Information Technology Workforce Sohel Imroz ISQA 8060 – Research in MIS University of Nebraska at Omaha Date: December 2, 2004
  2. 2. Research Project Option #3 <ul><li>Develop a research proposal to study a problem a local organization is experiencing in the management of IT professional </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background Information <ul><li>Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>49,000 employees in 130 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>900 IT personnel in USA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60 IT personnel in Omaha </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop a diversity initiative program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring more women and multicultural talents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch training programs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Diversity Defined <ul><li>“ Diversity refers to the presence of differing cultures, languages, ethnicity, races, sexual orientations, religious sects, abilities, classes, ages, and national origins of people in an institution or community such as school, workplace, neighborhood, and so forth.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Diversity Dictionary, 1996) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Interview #1 <ul><li>Interviewee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sarah Moeller-Swan, Human Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About the organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About future plans for diversity initiative program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity is beneficial for associates, employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing diversity is difficult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No single recipe for creating diverse workforce program </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Interview #1 (contd.) <ul><li>Variables identified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclusion </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Interview #2 <ul><li>Interviewee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saujanya Reddy, Programmer Analyst </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career advancement opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Major points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women and minorities need help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited idea of corporate politics </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Interview #2 (contd.) <ul><li>Variables identified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability of mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of corporate political savvy </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Literature Review <ul><li>Major points: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in women and minority workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual orientation is less of an issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More people with disabilities entering workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More businesses are becoming global </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Literature Review (contd.) <ul><li>Variables identified: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability of balancing work and family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper career planning and development </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Problem Statement <ul><li>To what extent do discrimination, exclusion, ability of balancing work and family, proper career planning and development, and availability of mentors affect the advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Theoretical Framework <ul><li>Independent Variables: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability of balancing work and family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper career planning and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Availability of mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intervening Variable: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dependent Variable: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Schematic Diagram
  14. 14. Hypotheses <ul><li>The greater the extent of discrimination in organization, the higher will be the exclusion of diverse Information Technology workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>As exclusion in organization increases, opportunities for advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce decrease. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Hypotheses (contd.) <ul><li>There will be a significant positive correlation between the ability of balancing work and family and chances for advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper career planning and development will significantly explain the variance in advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>The more the availability of mentors in organization, the greater will be the chances for advancement of diverse Information Technology workforce. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questionnaire
  17. 17. Questionnaire (contd.) <ul><li>Please refer to page 4 of the handout for partial list of questionnaire set. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questionnaire (contd.) <ul><li>Good aspects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers all variables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operationally defined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No double barreled or misleading question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short questions </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Questionnaire (contd.) <ul><li>Bad aspects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not move from general to specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too many questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less time spent than literature review and variables identification </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Statistical Analysis <ul><li>Step 1: Establish a null hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Choose a statistical test </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Determine level of significance </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Collect data and apply formula </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Compare with the critical value </li></ul><ul><li>Step 6: Conclusion </li></ul>
  21. 21. Reference <ul><li>Please refer to page 6 of the handout for a partial list of reference. </li></ul>

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