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Spreadsheet Knowledge: An Exploratory Study

Spreadsheet Knowledge: An Exploratory Study
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Author(s): Tanya McGill (Murdoch University, Australia)and Michael Dixon (Murdoch University, Australia)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch115
ISBN13: 9781930708075
EISBN13: 9781466665323


Spreadsheet software is flexible and powerful and is the most commonly used software for creating user developed applications. This study explores the nature of spreadsheet knowledge and its relationship with factors that have been identified as contributing to errors in spreadsheets. The results show a positive relationship between both experience and training and levels of knowledge about spreadsheet features. However, neither experience nor training were found to be associated with spreadsheet development knowledge or quality assurance knowledge. The results of the study do, however, suggest that end users’ perceptions of their skill are relatively consistent with their actual spreadsheet knowledge. Some implications of these results are discussed.

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