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Culture dimensions in software development industry: The effects of mentoring

Casado-Lumbreras, Cristina and Colomo-Palacios, Ricardo and Soto-Acosta, Pedro and Misra, Sanjay (2011) Culture dimensions in software development industry: The effects of mentoring. Scientific Research and Essay, 6 (11). pp. 2403-2412. ISSN 1992-2248

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Software development is a human centric and sociotechnical activity and like all human activities is influenced by cultural factors. However, software engineering is being further affected because of the globalization in software development. As a result, cultural diversity is influencing software development and its outcomes. The software engineering industry, a very intensive industry regarding human capital, is facing a new era in which software development personnel must adapt to multicultural work environments. Today, many organizations present a multicultural workforce which needs to be managed. This paper analyzes the influence of culture on mentoring relationships within the software engineering industry. Two interesting findings can be concluded from our study: (1) cultural differences affect both formal and informal mentoring, and (2) technical competences are not improved when implementing mentoring relationships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2012 13:47
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2012 13:47

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