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MIS Recruitment and Retention Factors: Some Preliminary Cross-Cultural Comparisons

MIS Recruitment and Retention Factors: Some Preliminary Cross-Cultural Comparisons
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Author(s): Rodney L. Turner (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch418
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


With the growing internationalization of businesses, and the increasing mobility of IS/IT professionals there is a need to understand the aspects of the work environment and the job that motivates these professionals. As more and more organization employ professionals from a range of different cultural backgrounds, the question arises as to whether or not the incentives structure, work features and motivators are the same for different cultural groups. This paper reports the results of a pilot study comparing attitudes of computing professionals from three countries (Australia, China and the Philippines) into those work environmental factors and motivators that act as incentives to join a company, and to remain. Exploratory factor analysis identified eight factors that attracted individuals to join and stay with a company. These factors when converted to composite variables results compared for the three countries. The similarities and differences are compared suggesting that a “one size fits” all approach to recruitment in IS may not be justified.

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