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Geeks Versus Suits: The Great Boardroom Schism

By Deborah Rothberg Print this article Print

Companies need to get beyond the IT-business cultural discord, analysts say.

Suits (business guys) and geeks (IT guys) are like oil and water--it sometimes seems like they were just not made to get along.

The notorious fracture between the two groups stems from everything from a misunderstanding of each other's roles to a distrust of the other's practices, and is to blame for an assortment of ever-present workplace flare-ups.

Dueling departments have been blamed for no shortage of workplace ills, from projects past their deadlines, over budget or abandoned, to dissatisfied customers, wasted resources and misdirected energy.

That's no small mouthful from a bunch of co-workers with—theoretically—the same goals.

A survey of U.S. IT executives and business managers released in June by Accenture highlighted how far up the ladder this gap exists.

While 73 percent of responding IT executives said they believe they understand their company's business extremely or very well, 43 percent of general business managers agreed.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of both the IT executives and general business managers agreed that senior business managers only understand how to leverage IT either "somewhat" or "not very/not at all" well.

Read more here about IT workers' confidence.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Geeks Versus Suits: The Great Boardroom Schism

This article was originally published on 2006-07-20
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