The Role of Software Technology Adoption on Project Success at Research Institutes in Southwest Nigeria

The Role of Software Technology Adoption on Project Success at Research Institutes in Southwest Nigeria

Adeniyi Thomas Olateru-Olagbegi (Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria), Olumide Olayinka Obe (Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria) and Olalekan Aquila Jesuleye (Federal University of Tehnology, Akure, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/IRMJ.2020070105
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Abstract

The paper examined the role of software technology adoption on project success at research institutes in Southwest Nigeria. The study employed a survey research method based on a simple structured questionnaire to gather data. Mean item ratings were used to rank the level of software technology adoption. Partial least square-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) was used to analyse mean item relationships. The results show a positive and significant effect between software technology adoption and project success. Among the software technologies, Microsoft Excel ranked first, with a mean value of 4.5. If software technology is made available, researchers are more productive in their daily activities, and success rates increase.
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1. Introduction

In recent years, the efficacy of engineering systems and their synergy with computer programs being deployed for projects execution across all sectors, is rapidly resulting in socio- economic transformation of society (Winch, 2010; Gonzalez and Muina, 2014). It is thus essential to employ the best ethical and efficient processes through proper project management and delivery process. According to Smith (2008), excellent project management is vital in achieving predetermined objectives of projects in Research Institutes.

The advent of computers has seen computer technology applied in many projects, including those of social science and engineering fields. The functions of software technology have ensured the accuracy of science and engineering projects (Gonzalez and Muina, 2014). This functionality has resulted in more research on software development and a meteoric rise in the number, size, and application domains of computer (Ramachandran, 2013). Some specific software is now designed to cater for the needs of specific projects. These in turn are now relied upon for eventual success of projects in research institutes (Jayathilake and Shantha, 2015).

The interactivity in computer and project success brought about by new technology has created a whole new project management perspective transforming the relationship between project management and computer software applications (Alan, 2012).

The modern world is fast becoming computerised with software programs enjoying an increase in usage in daily obligations. This is demonstrated in many infrastructures and utilities that are being controlled by computer-based systems. For instance, most electrical products include a computer and controlling software, industrial manufacturing and distribution is completely computerized, as is the financial system (Sommerville, 2011).

The effect of software technology adoption on project success in organisations has received relatively little attention for research. Hence, there is a lack of clarity concerning the relationship between project success and the roles of the software program. (Lynn, 2015).

Inadequate capturing, processing and dissemination of information in research institutes are thought to have contributed to the reduction of productivity, economic performance and efficiency. Therefore, this research will investigate and provide information on how software technology contributes to practice in the fields of project management and change implementation in research institutes.

1.1 Research Questions

In order to check the effect of software technology adoption on project success in research institutes in South-West, Nigeria. The study focuses on providing information on the following research questions:

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    What is the technology adoption of software used in research institutes in South-West, Nigeria?

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    What is the effect of software technology adoption on project success in research institutes in South-West, Nigeria?

The study focuses on establishing the impact of the use of software technology on projects while ascertaining the effect of software technology adoption on project success in research institutes in the study area. A hypothesis was derived from the research questions, the null hypothesis state that software technology adoption does not have a significant effect on project success in research institutes in South-West, Nigeria.

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2. Literature Review

This chapter reviewed existing literature on the assessment of software technology adoption on project success in engineering research institutes.

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