Opportunities to develop technical competencies will continue to be a challenge for Information technology (IT) managers. Declining enrollment in technical programs, increased use of outsourcing models and the recent emphasis on developing business-savvy IT managers can result in less opportunity for IT managers to develop technical skills. Previous researchers emphasized the importance of multifaceted competencies necessary to deliver value to the business areas. Technical competency is just one of the key requirements for effective IT managers. In studies of motivational behavior, competence in general has a positive effect on motivational levels. Specifically, IT personnel enjoy the challenges of technology and the opportunity to stay current with technological trends. Aligning tasks that motivate employees can improve organizational performance and help align individual performance with corporate goals. The purpose of the quantitative, explanatory correlational study was to examine the relationship between the perceived technical competence and intrinsic motivation of IT managers in large U.S. companies. A convenience sample of 62 IT managers responded to an online survey. By using an online panel, the study was able to reach a qualified sample that was reliable, engaged and representative of the target population. A quantitative correlational method was appropriate to reach this goal. The analysis included examining the relationship between perceived technical competence and intrinsic motivation for IT middle managers in large corporations when controlling for gender, age, years of experience, and type of organization. Based on the results of this study, a significant, positive relationship exists between intrinsic motivation as measured by interest enjoyment subscale of the IMI and perceived competence. For organizations that include IT managers, perceived technical competence could be a factor in driving internal motivation. Understanding the relationship between perceived technical competence and intrinsic motivation may be helpful in driving effective IT organizations. The findings from this study may offer important information to industry leaders to assist in understanding the behaviors of IT managers in a dynamic environment.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Information Technology, Occupational psychology|
|Keywords:||Competency, Correlation, Information technology, Management, Motivation, Skills, Technical competency|
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