Effective communication among globally distributed software development teams: Development of an "effective communication" scale

Muhammad Wasim Bhatti, Ali Ahsan

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Abstract

Global software development, an emerging software development methodology within a technology-enabled environment has recently received increased attention from scholars and practitioners. Despite the fact that the lack of effective communication is a major challenge of globally distributed teams, communication research related to the scale development is still very limited in existing literature. Considering the communication challenges and increasing need to measure the effectiveness of communication, this research is focused to develop a scale for "Effective Communication" for globally distributed software development teams. Systematic literature review is performed to identify the best practices of effective communication for the development of "Effective Communication" scale. A questionnaire survey consisting of 29 items is administered in globally distributed software development teams. Confirmatory factor analysis and statistical results depicted that the four-factor model (e.g. stakeholders' involvement, acculturation, usage of appropriate tools and technology, and information availability) is more parsimonious and an optimal model fit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-62
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Global Information Management
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Effective communication
  • Global software development
  • Globally distributed teams
  • Scale development

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