Why IS After All? : An Explorative Analysis of Professionals' Letters of Study Motivation

Faculty/Professorship: Information Systems and Services  
Author(s): Illig, Steffen  ; Laumer, Sven ; Maier, Christian ; Weitzel, Tim  
Title of the compilation: Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 6-9 January 2014 Waikoloa, Hawaii
Corporate Body: 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Big Island (HI)
Publisher Information: Washington, DC, USA : IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Year of publication: 2014
Pages: 4013-4022
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1109/hicss.2014.496
URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2584909.2585573
While the selection of majors in Information Systems (IS) is widely discussed, the context of IS in further education lacks attention. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze the motivational factors of individuals who intent to study IS, although they have already graduated in another degree program. Based on an explorative analysis of 84 letters of motivation of applicants applying for a further education degree program in IS, we identify determinants of an individual's motivation to study IS after all. Based on that, we conclude that extrinsic motivations such as expected career enhancement are more important than in other contexts such as undergraduate study paths.
Type: Conferenceobject
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/2804
Year of publication: 16. April 2014