Lack of management in software projects is among the most important reasons for
the failure of this kind of projects. Considering this fact, in addition to high rate of IS
(Information System) projects’ failure, and the lack of leadership studies in IS field, it is
necessary to pay more attention to the concept of leadership in software projects.
Transformational leadership as one of the most popular leadership theories, although
might bring specific advantages for this kind of projects, has not been outlined in this
field of study. Therefore this study has tried to understand the meaning of
transformational leadership in software projects and outline corresponding ideal pattern
of this concept.
Taking into account unique potentials qualitative research has in relation to research
questions, Myers model of research design is selected to found whole study on. This
model is especially designed to be used in business and management researches. Myers
research model has five blocks. First block is related to philosophical assumption which
for our study is interpretive. Second block is related to research method which is case
study inspired by grounded theory, in our study. Data collection technique, the third
block, is semi-structured interview. The fourth block which concerns data analysis
approach is grounded theory encompassing analytic induction for our study. Finally the
fifth block, written record, took the form of thesis report in current research study.
This study has found required characteristics and behaviors of software project
managers and drawn the lines of relationship between those attributes and
transformational leadership. Comparing materialization of transformational leadership
in software projects with the theory, led to finding of nearby transformational leadership
or engaging leadership model as the ideal pattern of such concept in software projects.
Finally shortages of that model in relation to software domain are investigated and
consequent suggestions are provided.
2013. , 95 p.