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Examining the adoption of big data and analytics curriculum

Alexander J. McLeod (Department of Health Information Management, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA)
Michael Bliemel (Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
Nancy Jones (School of Accountancy, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the demand for big data and analytics curriculum, provide an overview of the curriculum available from the SAP University Alliances program, examine the evolving usage of such curriculum, and suggest an academic research agenda for this topic.

Design/methodology/approach

In this work, the authors reviewed recent academic utilization of big data and analytics curriculum in a large faculty-driven university program by examining school hosting request logs over a four-year period. The authors analyze curricula usage to determine how changes in big data and analytics are being introduced to academia.

Findings

Results indicate that there is a substantial shift toward curriculum focusing on big data and analytics.

Research limitations/implications

Because this research only considered data from one proprietary software vendor, the scope of this project is limited and may not generalize to other university software support programs.

Practical implications

Faculty interested in creating or furthering their business process programs to include big data and analytics will find practical information, materials, suggestions, as well as a research and curriculum development agenda.

Originality/value

Faculty interested in creating or furthering their programs to include big data and analytics will find practical information, materials, suggestions, and a research and curricula agenda.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the SAP University Alliances program and the world-wide peer hosting centers.

Citation

McLeod, A.J., Bliemel, M. and Jones, N. (2017), "Examining the adoption of big data and analytics curriculum", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 506-517. https://doi.org/10.1108/BPMJ-12-2015-0174

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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