Exploring the Critical Success Factors of Virtual-Agile IT Projects: A Grounded Theory Study

Hassan Amar, Markus Haag

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Business dynamics and competition have necessitated IT organizations to use virtual style of working depending on the principles of agile methods. Virtual-agile IT
projects are most relevant in the context of software and web development, new product development and information system projects. Organizations where fulfilling the demands of clients, face several complexities during projects; mainly
obstructed by differences in location, time, culture and working dynamics etc. This paper aims to explore some useful practices undertaken in IT industry to deal with such criticalities. The research uses qualitative methods and grounded theory
methodology to generate emerging themes recognized as codes or concepts; which were further transformed into categories based on their properties and dimensions. Categories or sub-categories identified were arranged using coding paradigm
which helped to identify a core-category. Consequently, the relationships were refined, arranged in a unique way in selective coding phase and a storyline was generated elaborating the relationships between various categories, sub-categories and concepts. Finally, a conclusion is made and recommendations are proposed for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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