Software usability in small and medium sized enterprises in Germany: An empirical study

Scheiber, Florian ; Wruk, Dominika ; Oberg, Achim ; Britsch, Johannes ; Woywode, Michael ; Maedche, Alexander ; Kahrau, Felix ; Meth, Hendrik ; Wallach, Dieter ; Plach, Marcus

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2012
Book title: Software for people : fundamentals, trends and best practices
Page range: 39-52
Publisher: Maedche, Alexander
Place of publication: Berlin [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-31370-7 , 978-3-642-44151-6 , 978-3-642-31371-4
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Enterprise Systems (InES)
Business School > Wirtschaftsinformatik IV (Mädche 2009-2015)
Subject: 000 Generalities
Abstract: Usability has become a competitive factor in the software industry. Specifically, the software industry in the United States has recognized this important factor and successfully leverages it for achieving competitive advantage. Compared to this fast development in the US, it seems questionable whether this view is also widespread among small and medium sized software producing and client companies in Germany and whether they direct sufficient attention to usability. This article presents the results of an empirical study exploring the status quo of the importance, the knowledge and the actual use of usability concepts among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany. Following an organizational field perspective, we investigate how interactions between actors in the software field influence the usability awareness as well as the knowledge and actual use of usability concepts. Based on the results of our study, we provide recommendations on how to increase awareness and maturity of software usability in SMEs in Germany.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

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