On the Nature of GSE Organizational Social Structures: an Empirical Study

D.A. Tamburri, H. van Vliet, P. Lago, E. Di Nitto

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In Global Software Engineering (GSE), people are organized in teams, distanced in space, time and cul- ture. Organizational research calls this interplay of people an Organizational Social Structure (OSS). Previous literature in GSE shows that its OSS is highly dynamic and unpre- dictable. This paper presents a mapping of OSS types onto GSE organizational factors, based on empirical evidence. We made two observations: first, current OSS types don’t support factors related to GSE process management and organizational efficiency (e.g. risk management, language, etc.). Second, OSSs in GSE have attributes which don’t map onto any GSE factor, rather introduce a new one, awareness management (e.g. awareness of skills to others, awareness of tasks, tasks (re-)localization, etc.). Our conclusions are twofold. First, OSSs for GSE should focus on increasing support to process man- agement and organizational efficiency. Lastly, research in GSE should include factors focusing on awareness management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 7th International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE)
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Global Software Engineering -
Duration: 1 Jan 20121 Jan 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference on Global Software Engineering


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