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Social capital as a determinant factor of software development productivity: a empirical study using structural equation modelling

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dc.contributor.author Yilmaz, Murat
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Rory V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-19T11:26:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-19T11:26:14Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2624
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Social capital is an important network based intangible asset with a potential for maximizing individual and team productivity in a social setting like software development. It is important to investigate intervening factors that challenge software development productivity. In this paper, the authors mixed method approach harnesses a structural equation model (SEM) for its quantitative part to establish a paradigm for understanding the effects of social factors for software development organizations. The proposed SEM model measures the correlations between several potential factors associated with productivity, social productivity, and social capital that are chosen as latent variables. For the qualitative phase, an industrial focus group is used to single out these factors and their association with potential social aspects. Quantitative data is gathered from a survey conducted at a university. The qualitative phase encompasses an industrial focus group, initially starting with the factors from the literature and refined through participants’ field experience. Findings indicate that a high correlation exists between several social factors that are reported by the focus group. Finally, initial results suggest that understanding the factors that affect social capital in software development is essential for building and sustaining highly productive development environments. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IGI Global en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals;3(2), pp. 40-62
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/jhcitp.2012040104
dc.rights Copyright © 2012, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited en_US
dc.subject software development productivity en_US
dc.subject software productivity factors en_US
dc.subject software productivity improvement en_US
dc.subject structural equation modeling en_US
dc.title Social capital as a determinant factor of software development productivity: a empirical study using structural equation modelling en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 03/CE2/I303_1 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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