Self-Efficacy in Software Developers: A Framework for the Study of the Dynamics of Human Cognitive Empowerment

Self-Efficacy in Software Developers: A Framework for the Study of the Dynamics of Human Cognitive Empowerment

Ruben Mancha (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA), Cory Hallam (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA) and Glenn Dietrich (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2009070103
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Abstract

This article applies General System Theory to the formalization of the Cognitive Affective Personality System (CAPS). A model is developed as means for understanding the relationships between widely studied constructs at the individual level of analysis: personality traits, affectivity, self-efficacy, intrinsic task complexity, and managerial empowerment, among others. The resulting theoretical framework is formalized within the setting of software development tasks, and qualitatively studied to show holistic emergent behavior. The discussion offers novel insights for future research and proposes quantitative analyses methods to unlock novel management strategies and productivity gains.

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