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Software Project Management in Developing Countries: Landscape, Literature Review Framework and Opportunities

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Computer Science, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Karachi, PAKISTAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 118-128, January,2 (2015)


Country specific research on Software Project Management (SPM) is becoming an important issue specially in developing countries (DC). A review of such literature published in international journals and as theses is conducted and is presented in a meaningful manner which is helpful in drawing inferences and in guiding the future research. Instead of identifying factors hampering the growth of SPM in DC, focus is on what problems have so far been addressed by the researchers; collectively these problems are specified as themes. These themes are recognized as the current research trends in SPM in DC. In conclusion, it is found that more research is required in the area of SPM in those DC that are growing as new software exporters such as Pakistan. Most of the research in SPM in DC is reported by the researchers from major software exporting but developing nations such as Brazil and India. It is also found that the current research in SPM in DC is at best outward with only discernible issues addressed without in depth exploration. New research opportunities in SPM in DC are also identified.


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