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Benefits gained from dimensions of social capital: a study of software developers in Sri Lanka

Vathsala Wickramasinghe (Department of Management of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
Purnima Weliwitigoda (Department of Management of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the dimensions of social capital and how these help software developers employed in the offshore outsourced software development sector in Sri Lanka to gain benefits of knowledge sharing, job openings and job security, and career advancement.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey methodology was used and 105 software developers responded. Multiple regression was used for the data analysis.

Findings

Social relations, the number of networks of which an individual is a member and the frequency of interaction between network members are identified as important dimensions that significantly predict knowledge sharing, job openings and job security and career advancement.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study can help to establish baseline data and could be a source of general guidance in stimulating future research in this area.

Originality/value

It is expected that the findings of this study will provide useful information to better understand the dimensions of social capital at the individual level that influence knowledge base and learning capabilities of the individuals and the nature of employment relationships to be adopted by the organisations.

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Citation

Wickramasinghe, V. and Weliwitigoda, P. (2011), "Benefits gained from dimensions of social capital: a study of software developers in Sri Lanka", Information Technology & People, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 393-413. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593841111182287

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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