HPU Associate Professor Of Information Systems Publishes Paper In Journal

Posted on February 23, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 23, 2010 ? Dr. Michael Smith, associate professor of information systems at High Point University, recently published a paper in the Journal for Computer Information Systems (JCIS).

The paper, co-written by D. Scott Hunsinger, discusses research based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB) that explores the factors that affect hiring personnel?s intention to use IT certification in the hiring process.

“The paper demonstrates the usefulness of adding cognition and affect as predictors of attitude in this domain,” Smith explains. “The analysis indicates that all TPB constructs ? including attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavior ? are significant in predicting behavioral intention and that both affect and cognition significantly influence attitude.”

Smith says the findings add to the understanding of IT certification usage in hiring decisions.

“This is the latest in a continuing stream of work based on Dr. Hunsinger’s dissertation,” Smith says. “Step-by-step, we are refining the use of the Theory of Planned Behavior to understand decisions regarding information systems certifications.”

The JCIS serves as a forum for the International Association of Computer Information Systems members and other information systems and business professionals to present their research and ideas.

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Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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