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Towards an understanding of team dynamics in very small enterprises: an exploratory study in software development firms

O'Connor, Rory (2016) Towards an understanding of team dynamics in very small enterprises: an exploratory study in software development firms. In: Meir, Russ, (ed.) Quantitative Multidisciplinary Approaches in Human Capital and Asset Management. Business Science Reference . IGI Global, Hershey, PA:, pp. 42-64. ISBN 9781466696525

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Abstract

Given that it is relatively noncontroversial to claim that human capital, both in terms of education and experience, is associated with superior firm performance, this can be extended to say that having the requisite human capital in terms of software development staff is highly important for software development project success. However, translating into actual corporate benefits implies an understanding of the range of human capital issues in organizations. The present study examines one such range of issues with a focus on the dynamics of teams, where team dynamics is taken as a general term to denote the nature, quality and quantity of interactions among a firms human capital at the team level. Specifically we refer to collaborative dynamics among human capital team resources to indicate the extent to which valuable information is shared, levels of engagement, the existence of a collective sense of awareness and the ability to learn from one another. The results of a study of a series of very small software development firms are presented to ground this study in industrial practice.

Item Type:Book Section
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Human capital; Human resources
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:IGI Global
Official URL:http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/towards-an-understanding-of-team-dynamics-in-very-small-enterprises/140614
Copyright Information:© 2016 IGI Global
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20998
Deposited On:26 Jan 2016 14:23 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 26 Jan 2016 14:23

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