Barriers to adoption of software reuse: A qualitative study

Karma Sherif, Ajay Vinze

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With economic pressures to deliver software applications at a faster rate and at lower cost, software reuse is becoming a significant technology for software development. This paper focuses on deriving a descriptive and explanatory theory concerning the individual and organizational barriers associated with the adoption of reuse. A case-study research method was used. A series of five cases were selected on the basis of theoretical replication. The findings, which indicate that barriers occur at both the individual and organizational level, suggest that those at the individual level are actually a consequence of the interaction of barriers caused at the organizational level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-175
Number of pages17
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


  • Barriers to adoption
  • Case studies
  • Component development
  • Grounded theory methodology
  • Qualitative research
  • Software reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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