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Title: An exploratory investigation into personality characteristics associated with systems development team roles
Author: Young, Sharon Michelle.
Awarding Body: University of Sunderland
Current Institution: University of Sunderland
Date of Award: 2004
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The understanding that systems development team member selection was potentially problematic due to its subjectivity stimulated this research. The belief that personality testing could be beneficial for systems development team member selection motivated the research. It was found that personality testing, which is a process of identifying a person's personality trait characteristics and associating them to an appropriate activity. is used in systems development team selection. even though the roles and the associated role required characteristics within systems development had not been explicitly identified. If the roles and associated personality trait characteristics were identified. then a personality test could be produced that could improve selection and therefore communication. The research aim was to identify the personality trait characteristics associated with systems development team roles. To gain data. eight real-world development teams were interviewed, as they were believed to hold the relevant knowledge. The repertory grid approach was applied in a semi-structured (Repertory Grid) and structured (Likert Grid) form in order to cross reference the data. The repertory grid was team specific and completed in the presence of the interviewer and produced useful information. The likert grid was completed without the interviewer and with a different rating scale from the repertory grid, which resulted in confused data that limited its prediction ability. The Iikert grid required the identification of generic systems development team roles through the exploration of 432 paper-based materials and generic personality trait characteristics from a generiC team selection process; group dynamiCS. As there was not equal representation of the individual generic roles among the interviewees the results must also be considered as disproportionate. The multidimensional scaling (MDS) technique was applied in the analysis of data, with support from cluster analysis. The MDS identified the coordinates of personality trait characteristics and systems development roles within a two dimensional space. The cluster analysiS supported the material by identifying associated personality trait characteristic clusters similar to that of the MDS analysis. The research found that there are different and particular, personality trait characteristics requirements for specific systems development team roles. These results should support the present use of personality testing in the field and provide a basis for further research in the development of a personality test specifically designed for systems development team selection, although further data would be required before this could be done
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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