It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets a Real Job! From Online Gaming to Valuable Employees

Stacie Petter, Connie S. Barber, Diane Barber

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Abstract

As organizations shift due to changes in technology, there is an increasing need to find IT employees that have more than the necessary technical skills for a position. Increasingly, organizations want candidates with other attributes valuable to the organization, such as creativity, a thirst for learning, or problem-solving skills. In this short paper, we propose that an applicant's accomplishments in online gaming can signal the presence of important characteristics to an IT hiring manager. This research identifies how accomplishments in online games can be translated into knowledge, skills, abilities, other characteristics, or credentials that are consistent with characteristics of team members that are successful in organizations. We offer recommendations to support hiring managers in discussing online gaming accomplishments in the resume and interview process as the organization seeks to find the IT talent needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Dec 10 2017Dec 13 2017

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Other38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period12/10/1712/13/17

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Keywords

  • IT workforce
  • KSAOs
  • Online gaming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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Petter, S., Barber, C. S., & Barber, D. (2018). It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets a Real Job! From Online Gaming to Valuable Employees. Paper presented at 38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017, Seoul, Korea, Republic of.