The effect of contract conditions and foreignness upon software engineers' commitment and psychological contract

Mohammed Bindrees, R. Pooley

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The fierce competition within industrial countries throughout manufacturing and service provision has increased significantly in recent years. This has, in turn, led organisations to use multiple kinds of contractual paradigms in order to achieve their goals and objectives more easily. The aim of such models is to facilitate corporate progress in the desired way in terms of cost, time and quality. This study has aimed to determine the influence of such diverse contractual models and conditions on Software Engineers' commitments and psychological contract. In particular, it will consider their commitment towards the organisation of which they are part, and how this is affected by the conditions of their contacts. Software Engineers commitment power and psychological contract elements have been measured by a webbased questionnaire, which was derived from TCM Employee Commitment Survey (John P Meyer & Allen, 2004) and PCI (Psychological Contract Inventory) (Denise M Rousseau, 2008) . This study was descriptive and used the statistical tools (SPSS) in order to test its hypotheses and thus achieve the study's objectives. The study sample used was drawn from closed groups such as on Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as some well-known companies in Saudi Arabia and within the United Kingdom. This was facilitated by circulating emails containing the study survey. The results have revealed that there is a considerable influence of the age of Software engineers on their commitment and contractual conditions; furthermore, psychological contract has been the most influential factor throughout all our sample's ages. Surprisingly, foreignness hasn't had any significant effects on SE's commitment or contract conditions; however, it has a significant impact on SE psychological contracts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2014, IS 2014
PublisherInternational Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789898704047
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th IADIS International Conference on Information Systems - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 28 Feb 20142 Mar 2014


Conference7th IADIS International Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleIS 2014


  • Commitment
  • Contract
  • Foreignness
  • Psychological contract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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