Exploring the effects of team coordination and power distance on effective software process tailoring: a theoretical perspective

Jung Chieh Lee, Chung Yang Chen

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Purpose: Software process tailoring (SPT) plays a critical role in contemporary software development. Because SPT determines how a software project proceeds, its effectiveness should be investigated. Specifically, SPT is a collaborative yet highly conflictual process, and the existing literature has paid little or no attention to how team members coordinate and to how power distance (PD) influences coordination under this conflictual situation for the purpose of fostering SPT effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach: A propositional research method is utilized by reviewing the extant literature regarding SPT, team coordination and PD. Accordingly, several propositions are developed to theorize the contributive and moderating effects of team coordinative capabilities and PD on SPT effectiveness. Findings: This study advances the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the four distinct coordination capabilities in performing SPT, which will help software firms comprehend the moderating effects of PD on the relationships among coordinative capabilities and SPT effectiveness. Originality/value: This study extends coordination theory and reveals four coordination capabilities that nurture SPT effectiveness. Moreover, this study demonstrates how power plays a role in the coordination of a team through the collaborative yet divergent SPT decision process to yield an integrative tailoring solution. In particular, we take a fresh viewpoint of PD considering the member-member relationship in exploring its moderating effects in the SPT context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1028
Number of pages20
JournalInformation Technology and People
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Coordination theory
  • Power distance (PD)
  • SPT effectiveness
  • Software process tailoring (SPT)
  • Team coordination


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