Quotation Virag, Peter. 2021. Control In Agile IS Development Projects: Looking Beyond Agency Theory. In Procedia Computer Science, Volume 181, Hrsg. Centeris 2020, 3-14. Vilamoura: None.




Information systems development (ISD) project control has been traditionally seen as a tool against agency concerns, i.e. to align the interests of project participants with the organization’s interests. However, this perspective barely fits into the agile worldview. Agile methods, that became popular choices for ISD projects, shifted away from the commander role of project leaders, and propagate the importance of collaboration and facilitation. Therefore, it became ambiguous why project managers of agile ISD projects engage in control activities. This qualitative study employs the “Gioia method” to investigate managerial reasons for these exercises and draws attention to the range of problems and needs these procedures can address. The analysis found that control mechanisms are enacted not only due to agency concerns, but also to enhance cooperation and communication, to signal to senior management and to become isomorphic with other projects.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Control In Agile IS Development Projects: Looking Beyond Agency Theory
Title of whole publication Procedia Computer Science, Volume 181
Editor Centeris 2020
Page from 3
Page to 14
Location Vilamoura
Year 2021
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050921001265
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050921001265


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