Analysis of Stakeholder Influence: A Perception of Software Engineering Projectsin Nigeria

Adanma Cecilia Eberendu, Edem Okon Peter Akpan, Emmanuel C. Ubani, Kelvin A. Okorocha


Software Engineering Project (SEP) failure has been an issue of concern to software engineers and one of the warning signals is non-involvement of stakeholders. For a project to succeed it is essential to know how a stakeholder can take action, get involved, and the level of stakeholder’s involvement in the project. This study investigated the level of influence stakeholders have on software engineering projects in Nigeria and prioritized the stakeholders based on their level of influence. This involved analyzing 130 questionnaires collected from three different sectors namely tertiary institutions, government ministries and government agencies. The respondents rated the stakeholders involved in the selected projects according to stakeholder attributes: Attitude, Vested Interest, Power, Proximity, Legitimacy, Urgency, and Knowledge. The result showed that project sponsors and project team have more influence on the project than any other stakeholder. This revealed that project sponsors and project teams control software engineering projects in Nigeria.


Software engineering project; Stakeholder influence; Stakeholders’ management; Level of influence; Project organization

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