Keywords: information technology, employee knowledge retention, nuclear industry, nuclear knowledge management, nuclear power plants, NPP, instrumentation and control, I&, amp, C, nuclear energy, IT professionals
An applied research study on information technology talent management and knowledge management innovations for Generation Y information technology professionals in the nuclear power industry
Nuclear power plants rely on computerised Instrumentation and Control (I&C) systems in monitoring, control and protection at nuclear facilities. I&C systems serve a critical role in monitoring and control functions in nuclear power plants (National Research Council, 1997). To support the use of I&C systems, nuclear power organisations have expanded the intellectual capital of their workforces from scientists and engineers to an abundance of information technology professionals. When it comes to professional Information Technology (IT) organisations in the nuclear power industry, there is a fierce war for their knowledge, experience and talent. As more nuclear power plants are built with digital gauges and sophisticated computerised systems, organisations looking for a quick fix with their IT personnel shortage often employ the strategy of hiring employees from their competitors. The challenge to this strategy is that these employees may commit more to the paycheque than they will to the building and transference of knowledge in nuclear power organisations.