Abstract: The authors note a distinct shift in topics covered in curricula as well as in conference presentations. This research was undertaken to get a better understanding of what these shifts have been, and determine their magnitude over time. Since ISECON has published its conference proceedings in digital format since 1982, this was a logical source of topics on which to base the analysis. All proceedings were captured during the period of 1982 through 2014 and a series of keyword searches were undertaken based on approximately 130 topics. One significant finding is that technical topics, programming as an example, has seen a steady and substantial decline from 18% of topics to just 2.5%. The most precipitous drop occurred from 1993 through 1997. This paper discusses the various trends and hypothesizes as to the causes.
Keywords: business education gap, curricula topics, hirable IT skills, Technical Skills, trends
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Recommended Citation: Barnes, J, Clark, J. D., Athey, S., Plotnicki, J.,. (2016). A Topic Analysis of ISECON Conference Proceedings from 1982 through 2014. Information Systems Education Journal, 14(4) pp 20-34. http://isedj.org/2016-14/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIG 2015)