Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Software Designers Strut Their Talent At Cost Of Profit, Says Study

Date:
May 19, 2008
Source:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Summary:
Many software designers intentionally create unnecessarily complex products that do less to serve their companies and customers than to advance their careers, according to a new article.

Many software designers intentionally create unnecessarily complex products that do less to serve their companies and customers than to advance their careers, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science. “The Hidden Perils of Career Concerns in R&D Organizations” is by Enno Siemsen of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Companies are struggling to cope with increasingly difficult and complex product design projects. The study argues that this struggle is not only a result of accelerated technological change – product designers have an incentive to choose more difficult design solutions instead of simple solutions to further their careers.

Highly capable designers have an incentive to choose somewhat more difficult designs to better prove their talent, while less-capable designers have an incentive to choose highly difficult designs to obfuscate their lack of talent, Prof. Siemsen concludes.

One way to reduce these dysfunctional incentives, the author argues, is to move compensation agreements away from a long-term, career-oriented focus toward a more short-term focus in which bonuses are directly linked to the success or failure of projects.

Alternative ways to reduce these incentives are to collect better data on design task outcomes or to have product designers receive evaluations from managers who have an interest in the design projects succeeding and an excellent understanding of the technology.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. "Software Designers Strut Their Talent At Cost Of Profit, Says Study." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 May 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080519135116.htm>.
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. (2008, May 19). Software Designers Strut Their Talent At Cost Of Profit, Says Study. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080519135116.htm
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. "Software Designers Strut Their Talent At Cost Of Profit, Says Study." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080519135116.htm (accessed July 30, 2014).

Share This




More Computers & Math News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services


Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins