Exploring the Belief Systems of Software Development Professionals

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O'Connor R. V., Yilmaz M.

CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS, vol.46, no.6-7, pp.528-542, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 6-7
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01969722.2015.1038483
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.528-542
  • Keywords: grounded theory, belief systems, qualitative research, software process, software development, GROUNDED THEORY, ADOPTION, INNOVATIONS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


It is commonly accepted that an individual's beliefs and actions are based on his or her assessment and perceptions of the world. In order to determine what practices an individual is likely to follow at any given time, it is necessary to understand the individual's behavioral intention in a given circumstance. From an Information Technology perspective, a software development professional's belief systems are potentially the basis for the adoption and implementation of new and innovative work practices and processes. In this article, we explore the belief systems of software development professionals in order to understand the beliefs underlying intention and practice, and we seek answers about how they adopt or reject new and innovative software development processes and practices. The results point out a strong influence of past experiences, personality types, and repeated behavior on current software development processes and practices in industrial settings.