Do Cultures Matter? Manifold Evaluation of Multiple Intelligences of IT/IM Students

By Jiunn-Woei Lian, Tzu-Ming Lin, Jim C. Tam and Jin-Long Zhang.

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Past research indicates that interpersonal ability is one of the vital skill sets in the area of knowledge and capability that should be possessed by information management (IM) professionals. However, the existing educational programs in academic institutions tend to overlook this aspect of training but focus instead on information technology (IT) capabilities. Based on this premise, this study aims to perform a comparative analysis on multiple intelligences (emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and cultural intelligence) of IT/IM students in Canada, China, and Taiwan. The findings of the investigation will contribute toward the formulation of future educational programs for IT/IM and selection of IT/IM personnel by corporations. Students in Canada differ significantly from students in China or Taiwan in the area of emotional and cultural intelligence. However, there is no significant difference between students in China and Taiwan in the area of emotional and cultural intelligence. In terms of social intelligence, there is a significant difference among students in the three study domains. Lastly, there is also a significant difference between genders in both emotional and social intelligence, whereas there is no significant difference in cultural intelligence between the genders. The reasons underlying the differences in multiple intelligences among IT/IM students are also discussed.

Keywords: Multiple Intelligences, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Cross-cultural, Information Management, Gender Difference

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.215-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.545KB).

Dr. Jiunn-Woei Lian

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Management, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan

Dr. Lian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Management at the National Taichung University of Science and Technology (Taiwan). His research interests are: information management, electronic commerce and business, and IS/IT entrepreneurship.

Dr. Tzu-Ming Lin

Professor, Department of Information Management, National Central University, Taiwan

Dr. Jim C. Tam

Associate Professor, School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University, Canada

Dr. Jin-Long Zhang

Professor, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China


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