The Effectiveness of External Information Channels in Facilitating Innovation Within Software Development Groups

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This study of forty-nine software development groups investigated the effectiveness of ten information channels, linking the software groups to potential information resources about new developments in software methodologies, as a means of facilitating software group innovativeness. While the findings suggest that software group innovativeness can be improved by providing appropriate external information channels, this relationship is contingent on a software groups internal environment. The channels most commonly provided by those organizations participating in the study tended to be those least effective in promoting innovation.

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Author Robert W. Zmud
Year 1983
Volume 7
Issue 2
Keywords software development, software management, information channels, innovation
Page Numbers 43-58