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Transformational Leadershipin Software Projects
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Lack of management in software projects is among the most important reasons for

the failure of this kind of projects. Considering this fact, in addition to high rate of IS

(Information System) projects’ failure, and the lack of leadership studies in IS field, it is

necessary to pay more attention to the concept of leadership in software projects.

Transformational leadership as one of the most popular leadership theories, although

might bring specific advantages for this kind of projects, has not been outlined in this

field of study. Therefore this study has tried to understand the meaning of

transformational leadership in software projects and outline corresponding ideal pattern

of this concept.

Taking into account unique potentials qualitative research has in relation to research

questions, Myers model of research design is selected to found whole study on. This

model is especially designed to be used in business and management researches. Myers

research model has five blocks. First block is related to philosophical assumption which

for our study is interpretive. Second block is related to research method which is case

study inspired by grounded theory, in our study. Data collection technique, the third

block, is semi-structured interview. The fourth block which concerns data analysis

approach is grounded theory encompassing analytic induction for our study. Finally the

fifth block, written record, took the form of thesis report in current research study.

This study has found required characteristics and behaviors of software project

managers and drawn the lines of relationship between those attributes and

transformational leadership. Comparing materialization of transformational leadership

in software projects with the theory, led to finding of nearby transformational leadership

or engaging leadership model as the ideal pattern of such concept in software projects.

Finally shortages of that model in relation to software domain are investigated and

consequent suggestions are provided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 95 p.
Keyword [en]
Transformational leadership, nearby transformational leadership, engaging
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-140881OAI: diva2:693324
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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