2014 ISECON Proceedings - Abstract Presentation


A Perception Study of Bullying Prevalence in the Information Systems Profession


James Lawler
Pace University

John C. Molluzzo
Pace University


Abstract
A Perception Study of Bullying Prevalence in the Information Systems Profession James P. Lawler and John J. Molluzzo Pace University Abstract Bullying is behavior consisting of deliberately harming or humiliating an individual in a palpable or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying is perceived to be omnipresent in business firms and especially prevalent in entrepreneurial firms in information systems and in departments of information systems in the business firms. Cited entrepreneurialism and even narcissism of personalities in the information systems profession may be perceived as prone to bullying. The incompetency of managers not proficient in the minutia of projects, the micro-management of projects, and the inevitability of power politics on projects may be perceived as prevalent settings for bullying in the profession. The impact of bullying in cultures and environments of firms hostile to individuals limits the performance of individuals in the information systems profession if bullying is prevalent in firms, a concern for the authors of the study. The study will evaluate bullying in the information systems profession. The methodology of the study will involve scans of academic and industry literature from 2005; a Likert-like perception survey of information systems professionals in departments of information systems in business firms and in entrepreneurial firms who graduated from the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of Pace University in New York City in 2010 – 2014; and a focus group and a Likert-like perception survey of part-time information systems students in the firms who will graduate from the university in 2015 – 2019. The study will be focused on learning if the evolving literature on the perceived prevalence of bullying in the information system profession is realistic if not rampant. The study will highlight the prevalence or non-prevalence of bullying by demographic populations and incident types and by perpetrator sources and victims. The findings of the study will be published in spring 2015. The findings will benefit educators in instructing students in profession realities of bullying, dependent upon the dimensions of the prevalence of the bullying found in the study. The findings of the study will benefit educators in information systems in the protocol of professional responsibilities of information systems students on project teams. The role of by-stander interventionists in the information systems profession in bullying resolutions will be clarified for educators and students. The role of information systems professionals in organizational social settings will be explored for the students, so that they are sensitive to others and not mere technologists. Lastly, this study will influence reflection on a problem that is perceived to be impacting negatively the productivity of the information systems profession in industry and is therefore timely.

Recommended Citation: Lawler, J., Molluzzo, J. C., (2014). A Perception Study of Bullying Prevalence in the Information Systems Profession. The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v.31 n.3196, Baltimore, Maryland