PACIS 2021 Proceedings

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Many information technology (IT) projects are still failing, even after attempting to structure work using agile practices. Using a quantitative analysis of data drawn from 74 IT workers, we investigate the direct and indirect effect of agile practices on team members’ intrinsic motivation, an important driver of IT worker performance. We investigate how agile practices directly impact self-determination and indirectly shape intrinsic motivation by using structural equation modelling. Our results indicate that agile practices increase professional efficacy and perceived control, while they diminish psychological ownership. These are then positively related to team members’ intrinsic motivation. We extend earlier research on agile information systems development by suggesting that self-determination serves as an intermediary between agile practices and intrinsic motivation. For practitioners, our study expounds on why and how agile practices can be used to strengthen the fulfilment of the employees’ self-determination needs.



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