Increasing numbers of postgraduates who plan to become IT managers or run a technology business choose to take a Masters in management rather than IT, according to the London School of Economics (LSE).
Information systems lecturer Dr Nathalie Mitev, who works for LSE's department of management, told V3 that the university had to recently change the courses it offers students as interest in the traditional IT management course had faded.
"In the nineties and naughties everyone was interested in creating individuals with hybrid profiles and a good mix of IT and business skills, but this began to slow about four years ago," suggested Mitev.
She said that 10 years ago the LSE IT Management Masters course had taken in as many as 250 students, but that a number of factors had led to graduates becoming less interested in taking the course.
"Everyone thinks they know about IT now and there has been more offshoring, like of coding," said Mitev.
"Vendors have also started offering more complete IT packages to businesses like enterprise resource planning systems and content relationship management systems. There's a notion that you just plug these in and that's it."
Mitev said that the LSE currently teaches management students IT skills, rather than running courses for IT professionals needing to learn about management.
"The numbers of students taking the course went down and down as the number of applications declined and we were forced to take in students of lower quality so we decided to redress the solution with a new course structure. The tendency now is for general management masters courses," she said.
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