Influence of context and culture on managerial perceptions and practices in the turkish software industry

Stefan Koch*, Ayse Basar Bener, Turgay Aytac, Ayse Tosun Misirli, Edward W.N. Bernroider

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This article provides an empirical examination of the Turkish software industry to understand how its current profile, managerial practices and perceptions are shaped by the context of an emerging economy and its cultural background. In comparison to a developed economy with a very different culture, Austria, employees, know-how, and access to new technologies are perceived as less important, while productivity and sales are considered more important. Marketing to foreign countries as well as policy related factors are perceived as more important barriers, while domestic rivalry, software piracy, and e-business readiness are perceived as smaller growth barriers. The domestic market is relatively developed, but rivalry is low and dominated by large companies, many of which have a close relationship with their few clients. Generally, the companies seem to exhibit a short-sighted perspective, with a limited focus on process maturity, improvement and investments in continuous training of employees, in line with the prevailing culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-44
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Global Information Technology Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


This research was supported in part by Bogazici University Research Fund under grant number BAP09R102.

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Bogazici University Research FundBAP09R102


    • Competitiveness
    • Emerging Economy
    • Managerial Perceptions
    • Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
    • Software Industry
    • Success Factors
    • Turkey


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