Framework

The project examines various IT employee issues, such as organizational IT issues, technology issues, and individual issues. Among organizational IT issues are IT strategic planning, IT-business alignment, business process re-engineering, security and privacy, and IT reliability and efficiency, to name a few. Technology issues include cloud computing, social media, ERP systems, business intelligence, and big data, again to name just a few. A few of the individual issues include job satisfaction, efficacy, and role ambiguity. For a deeper understanding of these issues, the context is important. These contextual variables include such factors as the organizational variables (to include structure and strategy), organizational culture, IT occupational culture, and national culture. At this time, we have explicated each one of these factors into its constituent parts. A broad framework appears below in Figure 1. 

World IT Project Research Framework
Figure 1: A Framework for the World IT Project

Specific instantiations of the framework result in a large number of analyses and studies from the massive dataset.  Descriptive studies include the following comparisons:

  • IT occupational culture among countries
  • Organizational IT issues
  • Individual issues
  • Technology issues

In order to get insights into the nature of the issues and develop the ability to proactively influence them, researchers develop theory-based or grounded models to evaluate the effects of various contextual factors on the world IT issues.  Some evolution in research goals has occurred as the research team developed more knowledge and first-hand experience.