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Stephen MacDonell

MCom(Otago), PhD(Cantab), MIITP

Professor - Part Time
Works off Campus
Research group
Information Systems and Software Engineering

Stephen MacDonell holds a part-time appointment as Professor in Information Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Stephen was awarded BCom(Hons) and MCom degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He undertakes research in information systems development, software analytics and visualisation, project planning, estimation and management, and software forensics. He is a Member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, and serves on the Editorial Board of Information and Software Technology.


Rees, G. H., Crampton, P., Gauld, R., & MacDonell, S. (2018). Rethinking health workforce planning: Capturing health system social and power interactions through actor analysis. Futures. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.009

Holvitie, J., Licorish, S. A., Spínola, R. O., Hyrynsalmi, S., MacDonell, S. G., Mendes, T. S., … Leppänen, V. (2017). Technical debt and agile software development practices and processes: An industry practitioner survey. Information & Software Technology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.infsof.2017.11.015

Rees, G. H., & MacDonell, S. (2017). Data gathering for actor analyses: A research note on the collection and aggregation of individual respondent data for MACTOR. Future Studies Research Journal, 9(1), 115-137.

Licorish, S. A., & MacDonell, S. G. (2017). Exploring software developers’ work practices: Task differences, participation, engagement, and speed of task resolution. Information & Management, 54(3), 364-382. doi: 10.1016/

Licorish, S. A., & MacDonell, S. G. (2017). Exploring the links between software development task type, team attitudes and task completion performance: Insights from the Jazz repository. Information & Software Technology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.infsof.2017.12.005

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