The impact of national culture on software engineering practices

Cater-Steel, Aileen and Toleman, Mark (2008) The impact of national culture on software engineering practices. International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 8 (1). pp. 76-90. ISSN 1468-4322

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Trends that have contributed to the globalisation of the software engineering industry include virtual collaborative teams, off-shore outsourcing, and international migration of IT professionals. These three trends and the international spread of software engineering standards and methodologies are explored with specific examples from the Australian software engineering industry. Results from a Europe/Australia study about adoption of software best practice conducted in 16 countries are then summarised and analysed using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. The discussion considers the efficacy of the concept ‘national culture’ in light of the analysis and concludes that software engineering researchers need to reconsider the concept and measurement of national culture. Implications of the globalisation of software engineering standards and methodologies on various stakeholders are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2007 06:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: national culture; Hofstede; globalisation; software best practice; software engineering process; global software development standards; virtual teams; off-shore outsourced development
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2008.016182

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