Title

On the Co-Evolution of Information Technology and Information Systems Personnel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2016

Publication Source

The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems

Abstract

This essay addresses changes in information systems (IS) personnel and information technology over the past seven decades (1950s-2010s). A co-evolutionary perspective guides the discussion and emphasizes the mutual influence of changes in technology and IS personnel. The review considers (1) major eras of technical innovation and the steady expansion of the boundary that includes IS personnel; (2) the cyclical nature of a surge of needed technical skills with each technical innovation, a growing "shielding" of end users from the details of operationalizing the technology, and growth of end user domain application skills; and (3) implications for the education of IS personnel.

Inclusive pages

29-50

ISBN/ISSN

0095-0033

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Association for Computing Machinery

Volume

47

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes