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Skill Gaps in Management Information Systems Alumni

  • Mukhtar Al-Hashimi
  • Allam HamdanEmail author
  • Anjum Razzaque
  • Abdalmuttaleb Al-Sartawi
  • Sameh Reyad
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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1153)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to epitomize on the outcomes of the skill gap questionnaire of Management Information Systems (MIS) alumni from Ahlia University, Bahrain. This study evaluated the importance of the job skills and the skill gaps which are associated with 58 technical and non-technical (soft) skills. These skills were assembled into five classifications in relevance with prior literature. The outcomes of this study can help instructors in the MIS programs of the higher education institutions to improve the MIS curricula, hence the programs, as per the current needs of MIS graduates.

Keywords

Skill gap Management Information Systems Alumni Bahrain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mukhtar Al-Hashimi
    • 1
  • Allam Hamdan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anjum Razzaque
    • 1
  • Abdalmuttaleb Al-Sartawi
    • 1
  • Sameh Reyad
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Business and FinanceAhlia UniversityManamaBahrain

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