Of Races to Be Run and Battles to Be Won: Technical Skill-updating, Stress, and Coping of IT Professionals
Human Resource Management
The expectation on today's information technology (IT) professionals to remain technically competent constitutes a significant source of stress. We examine how IT professionals experience and cope with the threat of technical obsolescence. Interestingly, not all IT professionals consider technology change a threat to their technical competence; some viewed updating as enjoyable and pursued learning for its own sake. However, most viewed the relentless demand to update their technical skills as stressful and used a variety of coping strategies to address this threat. Using this cognitive approach to technical obsolescence, we describe implications for managerial practice and delineate a direction for future research.
Information technology, stress, job stress, job qualifications, industrial psychology, employment
Tsai, Hsing-Yi; Compeau, D. R.; and Haggerty, N., "Of Races to Be Run and Battles to Be Won: Technical Skill-updating, Stress, and Coping of IT Professionals" (2007). Business Administration Faculty Publications. 52.