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Social capital as a determinant factor of software development productivity: An empirical study using Sstructural equation modeling

Yilmaz, Murat and O'Connor, Rory (2012) Social capital as a determinant factor of software development productivity: An empirical study using Sstructural equation modeling. International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, 3 (2). pp. 40-62. ISSN 1947-3478

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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 cor- relations 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.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Capital of Software Development; Software Development Productivity; Software Productivity Factors; Software Productivity Improvement; Structural Equation Modeling
Subjects:Computer Science > Information technology
Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:IGI Global
Official URL:http://dx,doi.org/10.4018/jhcitp.2012040104
Copyright Information:© 2012 IGI Global
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17545
Deposited On:11 Oct 2012 14:11 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 11 Oct 2012 14:11

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