Leadership and trust in partially distributed software development teams

Linda Plotnick, Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Rosalie Ocker, A. F. Rutkowski, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

Partially distributed teams (PDTs) are common as organizations collaborate across distances. A PDT has at least one collocated subteam and at least two geographically dispersed subteams. We describe a large-scale experiment that examines student global PDTs working on software requirements for an emergency MIS; the teams comprised one U.S. subteam and one Dutch subteam. Leadership configuration was varied so that some teams had only a team leader; some had only subteam leaders; and some had both. However most teams chose to select subteam leaders, regardless of instructions. Trust has been found to be important for team functioning in traditional and virtual teams. This paper focuses on the experimental results related to leadership and trust in PDTs. Results indicate that while there is no evidence that trust varies by leadership configuration, the type of leader (subteam/team) matters and that trust is associated with leader effectiveness and perceptions of team and subteam performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Pages2502-2508
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 14 2008Aug 17 2008

Publication series

Name14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
Volume4

Other

Other14th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period8/14/088/17/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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