Using the sociotechnical approach in global software developments : Is the theory relevant today?
Crofts, Merete, Fraunholz, Bardo and Warren, Matthew 2008, Using the sociotechnical approach in global software developments : Is the theory relevant today?, in ACIS2008 : Creating the future : transforming research into practice : Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS, [Christchurch, New Zealand], pp. 250-260.
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Global software development teams are highly dependent on technology for daily activities and production. Researchers have investigated the areas such as communication and time-zone difficulties when working across global boundaries during the last decade. However, this research explores job satisfaction, efficiency and the quality of working life of people working in a medium sized globally distributed software development organisation. It is assumed that the work structures of organisations of today are influenced by the theories from the past. This paper focus upon the issues that faces an Australian organisation involved in global software development, the research compares and contrasts the feelings of the employees using a Sociotechnical approach. The discussion highlights several problems areas specific to the organisation which will lay the foundation for future research.
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