How perceived transparency in information system development processes improves project quality in agile IT enterprises

Philip Tin Yun Lee*, Alice Jing Lee, Michael Chau, Bingjie Deng

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Purpose: With the increasing agility of IT enterprises, it is crucial to identify suitable managerial strategies for controlling information system development (ISD) projects in the new agile working environments. These environments are characterized by the collaborative nature of work and the recurring nature of communication. This study aims to explore how perceived transparency in ISD processes, controlled by transparency strategies, impacts project quality. Design/methodology/approach: In collaboration with a firm that implemented a customized Scaled Agile Framework, questionnaires were distributed to employees involved in ISD projects. The goal was to understand the influence of perceived transparency in ISD processes on project quality. Findings: Our research demonstrates that perceived transparency in ISD processes enhances project quality through knowledge exchange by strengthening goodwill trust among team members. Additionally, transparency improves project quality through client feedback by strengthening competence trust of clients toward the team. Goodwill trust of clients toward the team and competence trust among team members have less impact on project quality enhancement. Originality/value: This study reveals the nomological network among the perceived transparency, different types of trust among stakeholders, social interactions among stakeholders, and project outcomes in agile ISD environments. This nomological network has been overlooked by previous studies that biased toward top-down, interorganizational communication. It highlights that not all types of trust among stakeholders are involved in the processes through which perceived transparency influences ISD project quality in agile working environments. Additionally, it exposes the limitations of transparency strategies for controlling projects in agile IT enterprises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2284-2311
Number of pages28
JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
Issue number6
Early online date30 May 2024
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2024


  • Agile ISD environments
  • Client feedback
  • Competence trust
  • Goodwill trust
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Transparency


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