Prestige and Collaboration Among Researchers in the Field of Education and Career Development of ICT Graduates: Is There a Cross-Fertilization of Research and Knowledge?
Keywords:career development, ICT education, citation analysis, Social Network Analysis (SNA)
This paper analyzes state of the art of the research regarding the education and career development of ICT graduates based on a comprehensive literature review. Analysis presented in this paper includes 155 papers in two research areas – one related to the education of ICT graduates (101 papers) and the other to their career development (54 papers). The most prestigious papers, most influential journals and groupings of authors in the abovementioned fields are identified by using the citation analysis and Social Network Analysis (SNA). Results show that the most influential papers related to ICT career are research papers dealing with ICT job skills requirements, and related to ICT education are ICT association’s related reports and recommendations on curriculum development. In general, results show that there is a lack of cross-fertilization of knowledge in both areas which means that the mixing of ideas that can lead to better research results is missing.