This year at SAMIBC2020 we are pleased to announce another of our presenters, Thomas Timmerman from Tennessee Technical University. Thomas will be presenting the paper Looking at the User Side of Software Engineering for Project Success and Are Millennials more likely to be abusive supervisors?

Presentation 1 Abstract: As a general definition, software engineering is “the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software.” The importance of user-related factors has long been recognized by various researchers as important to the successful implementation of any commercially available system. This study attempts to test the importance of these factors as determinants of software engineering project success as measured by adherence to specified requirements, compliance with initial budget estimations, timeliness of agreed delivery, and overall user satisfaction with the product delivered. It has brought together some user-related variables (degree of user participation, user expertise, user/developer communication, user training, user influence, and user conflict) previously studied separately by different authors into a more cohesive model. Data regarding 178 system development projects using software engineering methodologies has been used to test proposed relationships between the independent variables and project success as defined in this study. The results confirm the importance of user participation, training, expertise, user/developer communication, and lack of user conflict for improving project success.

Presentation 2 Abstract: This study tested the relationships between supervisor age, supervisor narcissism, abusive supervision, and employee outcomes (i.e., job satisfaction, organizational citizenship behavior, counterproductive work behavior). In a sample of 410 employees representing a variety of industries and occupations, we found no evidence that Millennial supervisors were described as more narcissistic than non-Millennial supervisors. Consistent with previous research, we found strong relationships between supervisor narcissism, abusive supervision, job satisfaction, and counterproductive work behavior. Implications for organizations are discussed.

Join us in Nashville, Tennessee to see this great paper and many more March 19 – 21, 2020. For registration information visit