Software Development Methodologies in Organizations: Field Investigation of Use, Acceptance, and Application

Software Development Methodologies in Organizations: Field Investigation of Use, Acceptance, and Application

Charles J. Kacmar (University of Alabama, USA), Denise J. McManus (University of Alabama, USA), Evan W. Duggan (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Joanne E. Hale (University of Alabama, USA) and David P. Hale (University of Alabama, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2009070102
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Abstract

The theories of social exchange, task-technology fit, and technology acceptance are utilized in a field study of software development methodologies. This investigation includes the effects of user experiences on perceptions of acceptance and usage of a methodology. More specifically, perceptions of the outputs and deliverables from a methodology and perceptions of challenges and obstacles to using and applying a methodology were found to significantly and positively influence perceived usefulness and negatively influence ease of use of a methodology, respectively, within a developer’s organization. Perceived usefulness was a positive and strong antecedent to perceptions of fit between the methodology and client problems, and the strengthening of efficacy beliefs about the methodology.

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