HPU Associate Professor Of Information Systems Publishes Article

Posted on March 27, 2009.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 27, 2009 ? Dr. Michael Smith, associate professor of information systems at HPU, recently co-authored an article, titled “A Framework of the Use of Certifications by Hiring Personnel in IT Hiring Decisions,” which has been accepted for publication in “The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems.”
Smith and his co-authors – Dr. Scott Hunsinger, assistant professor at Appalachian State University, and Dr. Susan Winter, a program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure of the National Science Foundation – developed a framework for understanding the use of IT certification in hiring. Contextual and proximate factors are identified, as are the various ways that IT certification is used.
The study provides a bridge between the beliefs of hiring personnel and existing theories to better understand a phenomenon of growing importance. According to the senior editor, the work “makes a strikingly original contribution by addressing a gap in the literature that has remained unfilled.”
Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in information and computer science and his doctorate from Georgia Tech. He worked for several years as a contract programmer/analyst and consultant. His research has appeared in journals, including “Information & Management,” the “Journal of Management Information Systems,” the “European Journal of Operational Research” and the “Communications of the ACM.”
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