IT Project Management in Very Small Software Companies: A Case of Pakistan

Shahid Nadeem Shakir, Jacob Nørbjerg

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    In developing countries very small software companies (VSSCs) with only 1-10 employees play an important role both in the local economy and as providers of software and services to customers in other parts of the world. Understanding and improving their IT project management (ITPM) practices and challenges are, therefore, important in the local as well as the larger context of globalized software development. There is, however, very little research into small shop software practices in developing countries. The current paper explores actual ITPM practices in Pakistani VSSCs based on a qualitative study of seven Pakistani VSSCs. We find that some Pakistani ITPM practices are similar to what is reported from VSSCs in other parts of the world, while others seem to be related to the companies' position in the global software development chain. This paper is part of a larger research project aiming to explore and compare software development practices in Very Small Software Companies in Pakistan and Denmark

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Nineteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems
    EditorsJ. P. Shim, Yujong Hwang, Stacie Petter
    Number of pages8
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2013
    Article numberPaper 4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2013: Hyperconnected World: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime - Hilton Chicago, Chicago, United States
    Duration: 15 Aug 201317 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 19


    ConferenceThe 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2013
    LocationHilton Chicago
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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