Relationship between requirements analyzability, interpersonal trust, and software project performance: Moderating role of customization


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Erdoğan D., Yenidoğan T.

Business & Management Studies: An International Journal, vol.9, no.2, pp.456-471, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Abstract

Based on the information processing perspective, this study empirically investigated the effects of requirements analyzability, an indicator of technological complexity and interpersonal trust as the soft factor of buyer-supplier relationships on software project development performance. Beyond that, the possible moderator role of the degree of software customization was examined on the analyzability-interpersonal trust and analyzability-performance links. Data were collected from 138 companies through a questionnaire-based survey of IT purchasing managers in Turkey. Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling was used to test the research hypotheses. This study indicated that requirements analyzability and interpersonal trust have a significant effect on software performance. Overall, the study provides evidence that interpersonal trust mediates the relationship between requirements analyzability and software project performance. The research findings support the moderation role of customization in the relationship between requirements analyzability and software project performance. However, partial support is provided for the moderating effect of customization on the relationship between requirements analyzability and interpersonal trust.