The World IT Project provides a rich repository of data that will allow a variety of analyses on the state of
information technology and its practice in virtually all regions of the world. In general, we plan to conduct
three types of studies: single country studies, multiple country studies, and global studies. The multiple
country and global studies will provide a comparative examination among countries and regions.
Furthermore, we would be able to provide theoretically grounded explanations of various phenomena and
relate them to a variety of antecedents and contextual factors. The possibilities are endless. We plan to
present our findings in many international conferences and to prepare papers for publication in journals.
Concurrently, we will also write several books on the subject.
Broadly speaking, one can classify the results and analyses from the World IT Project into two types of
publications: descriptive and theoretical/relationship. We provide examples of each in the following sections.
Potential Descriptive Studies
While numerous possibilities exists, some of the more promising initial descriptive studies include
identifying differences across various countries and regions of the world in:
Organizational IT issues
Individual IT employee issues
IT occupational culture, and
National culture values of IT employees versus the general population
One can further divide the dataset for each of these topics by industry, IT role, and gender. As an
example, the first two studies listed above will be similar to the “key issue” studies published annually in
the US (Kappelman et al., 2016) in MIS Quarterly Executive. However, we will be able to report results
from many countries in the world, group results by various regions, point to similarities and differences
between countries and regions, and offer explanations and underlying reasons.
Potential Theoretical/Relationship Studies
In addition to the descriptive studies, additional studies will focus on the relationships between various
constructs and, in many cases, be guided by existing theory. We have come up with some preliminary
ideas, but these may be just the tip of the iceberg. We group some examples by theme.
Impact of culture:
How do espoused national cultural values impact IT occupational culture (ITOC) values (i.e., is
ITOC heterogeneous or relatively homogenous across countries)?
Are there clusters of IT roles that have important differences in ITOC values (developers vs.
system administrators vs. others)? Do they vary by country?
Does personality affect attitudes more than organizational culture? Or vice versa? Does it
affect more than espoused national culture?
How do organizational culture and national culture impact the perceived importance of security
Do certain national cultures place more importance on disaster recovery planning than others?
Impact of business environment:
How does competitive strategy impact IT organizational structure and/or CIO reporting
How does competitive environment impact the perceived importance of business agility and
speed to market?
Does IT organizational structure and/or CIO reporting relationship impact the perceived
importance of IT/Business alignment? Does IT organizational maturity have an influence?
What are the economic and political influences on organizational, technology, and individual
Impact in the IT profession:
Does the level of IT job satisfaction differ by IT role and by country?
Does competitive environment moderate the relationship between organizational culture and
Does intention to leave the IT profession differ by country, urban/rural location of the firm,
gender, age, industry, and organizational maturity?
Does the level of technostress differ by country, by industry, and by environmental
How do friendship circles impact job satisfaction and/or organizational commitment? Are there
differences by gender?
What is the relationship between personality, self-efficacy, and work-life balance across
Currently, we have the following works in progress:
What are the relationships between job insecurity, job satisfaction, organizational turnover
intention, and IT occupation turnover intentions? How are these factors affected if the IT
worker was previously laid off from the job? Serenko, Bontis, and Palvia, 2015) have presented
a preliminary paper in a conference on this topic.
What are the antecedents of turnover and turnaway among IT workers in the context of a
national crisis, and how are they affected by age differences? Bellini, Graeml, Moreno, Palvia,
and Jacks (2016) have already published a preliminary paper in a conference on this topic.
Of course, we are still formulating more questions and have started working on only a few. We would
encourage our readers to suggest their thoughts on additional theoretical contributions. On occasion, we
may even invite others to join in writing research papers.