Social Conduct, Learning and Innovation: An Abductive Study of the Dark Side of Agile Software Development

21 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016

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Maria Carmela Annosi

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Mats Magnusson

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Antonella Martini

University of Pisa - Department of Energy and System Engineering (DESTEC)

Francesco Appio

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

Agile methodologies have been adopted by an increasing number of organizations to improve their responsiveness. However, few studies have empirically analysed the effect of Agile on long‐term organizational goals such as learning and innovation. Using an abductive approach, this study examines the relationships between self‐regulated teams' social conduct and their resulting learning and innovation. Results indicate that the time pressure induced by the implementation of Agile impedes team engagement in learning and innovation activities. Time pressure is affected by a set of different control strategies, more specifically concertive, belief, diagnostic and boundary controls, and these need to be adequately addressed in order to minimize the potential dark side of Agile.

Suggested Citation

Annosi, Maria Carmela and Magnusson, Mats and Martini, Antonella and Appio, Francesco, Social Conduct, Learning and Innovation: An Abductive Study of the Dark Side of Agile Software Development (December 2016). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 515-535, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2866079 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12172

Maria Carmela Annosi (Contact Author)

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) ( email )

Lindstedtsvägen 30-100 44
Stockholm, SE-100 44
Sweden

Mats Magnusson

KTH Royal Institute of Technology ( email )

Lindstedtsvägen 30-100 44
Stockholm, SE-100 44
Sweden

Antonella Martini

University of Pisa - Department of Energy and System Engineering (DESTEC) ( email )

L.go L. Lazzarino
Pisa, Pisa 56122
Italy

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Francesco Appio

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci ( email )

Paris La Défense
Paris
France

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