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Fabiana Freitas Mendes, Emilia Mendes, Norsaremah Salleh, The relationship between personality and decision-making: A Systematic literature review, Information and Software Technology, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 50-71, ISSN 0950-5849,

The relationship between personality and decision-making : a systematic literature review

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Author: Freitas Mendes, Fabiana1,2; Mendes, Emilia1; Salleh, Norsaremah3
Organizations: 1Faculty of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 3000, 90014, Finland
2Faculty UnB Gama. University of Brasília. St. Leste Projeção A - Gama Leste, Brasília - DF, 72444-240, Brazil
3Department of Computer Science, International Islamic University Malaysia, P.O. Box 10, Kuala Lumpur 50728, Malaysia
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-03-23


Context: From a point of view, software development is a set of decisions that need to be made while the software is developed. Many alternatives should be considered, such as the technology to employ, or the most important features to implement. However, many factors can influence one’s decision-making, such as the decision maker’s personality.

Objective: This paper reports the state of the art with regard to the relationship between decision-makers’ personality and decision-making aspects.

Method: We conducted a Systematic Literature Review to search and analyze published primary studies that discuss the abovementioned relationship in the context of companies that develop any kind of product or service.

Results: Despite the recognized influence of personality in decision-making activities, we were not able to find any study in Software Engineering field that discusses this relationship. We included 15 studies and most of them are from Management field, excluding one from Information System field. From these studies, we identified 75 reported relationships between 28 different personality aspects and 30 different decision-making aspects.

Conclusion: The interest in this topic born on 80’s and it has grown after 2002. However, despite the number of reported relationships, and the number of personalities and decision-making aspects investigated, more research on this topic is necessary. In particular, it is important to verify how someone’s personality influences the decision-making considering the software development context. This can help in improving how a decision is made in software engineering context.

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Series: Information and software technology
ISSN: 0950-5849
ISSN-E: 1873-6025
ISSN-L: 0950-5849
Volume: 111
Pages: 50 - 71
DOI: 10.1016/j.infsof.2019.03.010
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This PhD research is partially funded by Tekes FiDiPRO VALUE project and supported by the University of Brasilia.
Copyright information: © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license