A quarter of business managers believe they do not have the necessary skills and experience to work in the dotcom sector, according to a report by Ashridge College released this week.
E-research found that 60 per cent of the 500 Ashridge alumni who responded to the survey believe employers are not properly prepared for the Internet. Only 17 per cent of business managers have adequate leadership skills.
Recruitment and retention of talented staff is also a key consideration the respondents feel companies have to address to be successful. Half of the respondents claimed that working for a dotcom is too risky.
Report author Helen Wildsmith said, "After the tech-stock bubble burst last April, several commentators decided the Internet was merely a fad that has had its day. But only 1 per cent of the managers believe the Internet is not important to the organisation they work for."
The report also reveals that e-learning is under-used, with only 25 per cent of respondents claiming they have used the Internet to learn new skills, although 85 per cent of those feel it is effective.
More than 75 per cent of the respondents occupy senior positions in their organisations.