Boundary Spanning Theory: a Case Study of the Professionalisation of ICT Graduates in the Australian Public Service

Dale MACKRELL, Craig MCDONALD, Fiona Buick , Dale KLEEMAN

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    In this qualitative research-in-progress case study, boundary spanning theories are being used as a conceptual lens to investigate the tensions that arise in the education of ICT graduates as they transition into professionals within the Australian Public Service. Even though these graduates are selected for the ICT Graduate Program from a large pool of applicants and have expert supervision and vigilant mentoring, they seem to face major adjustments to both their personal and working lives as they tackle an educationally challenging postgraduate university course. The researchers are using theories of boundary spanning to frame phenomena associated with the graduates’ experience of the different and potentially competing demands and tensions of workplace and university at the start of their careers. Research findings are expected to provide some critique of boundary spanning theory as well as informing practical improvements to the design and implementation of graduate development programs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2016)
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781741282672
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Occupying the Sweet Spot: IS at the Intersection, ACIS 2016 - University of Woolongong, Woolongong, Australia
    Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016


    Conference28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
    Abbreviated titleACIS 2016
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