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Volume :42 Issue : 163 2016      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Understanding Drivers that Influence College Business Students Toward Management Information System Major .

Auther : Dr. Kamal M. Ruwebih

     Selecting a college major represents a major life decision that requires extensive decision-making over a period of time, especially considering the commitment of time and resources. This is a heavy and risky decision which may engage and corrupt and alter the future of undergraduate students. However, undergraduate students commonly articulate knowing other students who chose their academic major for less-than-rational reasons. In fact, some of these students even admit that this phenomenon describes their own decision-making process, which led most students to select traditional majors such as accounting and marketing and move away from management information system (MIS). In order to understand this phenomenon, this study aims to achieve the following three objectives. The first is to understand drivers that lead students to select or deter them from choosing MIS as their major in Kuwait. The second is to explore potential relationship between these drivers and the students' intent to enroll in the MIS major. The third is to study the potential role of demographic data (gender, age, prerequisite courses for the major, years spent by students in their college) on these drivers and their effect on student intention to select MIS major. 195 data were collected using a qualitative approach based on open-ended questions, which highlight a number of factors that drive or inhibit MIS major selection. This has been followed by a quantitative data collection which involves data collection from a sample of 415 students. This study discusses these issues both findings and their implications useful for research and practice.

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