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Do agile work practices impact team performance through project commitment? Evidence from the information technology industry

Ram Shankar Uraon (Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)
Anshu Chauhan (Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)
Rashmi Bharati (Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)
Kritika Sahu (Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 30 May 2023

Issue publication date: 4 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on goal-setting theory and team effectiveness theory, the study aims to examine the impact of agile taskwork and agile teamwork on team performance. In addition, it investigates the mediating effect of project commitment on the impact of agile taskwork and agile teamwork on team performance. Furthermore, the study also tests the moderating role of career level on the impact of agile taskwork and agile teamwork on team performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Survey data were collected from 563 employees working in 290 information technology (IT) companies in India using a self-reporting structured questionnaire. Partial least squares path modeling was used to test the hypothesized model, and the Process macro was used to test the moderating effect.

Findings

The results show that agile taskwork and agile teamwork positively affect team performance and project commitment, and project commitment positively impacts team performance. Furthermore, project commitment fully mediates the relationship between agile taskwork and team performance and partially mediates the relationship between agile teamwork and team performance. Furthermore, the career level negatively moderates the impact of agile taskwork and agile teamwork on team performance.

Practical implications

The study shows the importance of agile work practices and project commitment to enhance team performance. Thus, the study provides managers with two strategies to improve their team performance.

Originality/value

There is a scarcity of research examining the distinct effects of agile taskwork and agile teamwork on team performance and the mediating role of project commitment in these relationships. Furthermore, as per the empirical evidence, no previous research has empirically examined the moderating role of career level in the agile taskwork-team performance and agile teamwork-team performance relationships.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: The author received funding from Institution of Eminence (IoE), Banaras Hindu University for carrying out the research (Grant Number: No. No. R/Dev/D/toE/Seed Grant/ 2O2O_21).

Citation

Uraon, R.S., Chauhan, A., Bharati, R. and Sahu, K. (2024), "Do agile work practices impact team performance through project commitment? Evidence from the information technology industry", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 73 No. 4, pp. 1212-1234. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-03-2023-0114

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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