Abstract: Incomplete and inaccurate information in Information Technology project status reporting results in a project becoming vulnerable to unexpected problems and potentially blindsiding stakeholders to impending project failure. The research presented in this study extends current knowledge of project status reporting by focusing on the inclination of project team members to communicate key project status information to members of upper management. A sample of 222 individuals currently working on IT projects were surveyed and both individual and work climate variables were tested in a simple direct effects model to predict inclination to report project status information with upper management (IRPI). To investigate potential individual differences based on gender the model was also run for the sample of male worker and female workers. Results show that there are differences in the relationships in the model based on gender. For males individual characteristics that significantly predict IRPI include a sense of responsibility for the project and over optimism of project success. The climate factor that significantly predicted IRPI for males was the potential negative consequences for reporting status information (NC). For females there were no individual characteristics that significantly predicted IRPI. The work climate factors that significantly predicted IRPI for females were the project development phase and NC. Although NC predicted IRPI for both genders, the effect was stronger for men than women. Implications for practice and research are discussed.
Keywords: Project Management, Project Status Reporting, software development, Whistleblowing
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Recommended Citation: Korzaan, M., Brooks, N. (2015). The Silent Treatment in IT Projects: Gender Differences in Inclinations to Communicate Project Status Information. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 8(1) pp 19-30. http://jisar.org/2015-8/ ISSN: 1946-1836. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2014)