Culture in Global Software development - a Weakness or Strength?

Deshpande, Sadhanda and Richardson, Ita and Casey, Valentine and Beecham, Sarah (2010) Culture in Global Software development - a Weakness or Strength? In: 5th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE) , August 23rd to 26th 2010, Princeton, USA.

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Cultural diversity is assumed to be a fundamental issue in global software development. Research carried out to date has raised concerns over how to manage cultural differences in global software development. Our empirical research in India, a major outsourcing destination, has helped us investigate this complex issue of global software development. A triangulated study based on a questionnaire, telephonic interviews and structured face-to-face interviews with 15 Project Managers and Senior Executives has revealed how they cope with the demands of cultural differences imposed by a geographically distributed environment. This research study brings forward various techniques initiated by these project managers to deal with cultural differences that exist within geographically distributed software development teams. We also discuss different strategies and make a case to explain how to build on and take advantage of cultural differences that exist in global software development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global software development; Cultural diversity; Outsorucing
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Nicola Hanlon
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 13:39
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:07

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