Dr Mali Senapathi

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Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader, Master of Service-Oriented Computing

Phone: +64 921 9999 extension 5213

Email: msenapat@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
SERL (D-58), School of Engineering, Mathematical and Computing Sciences, 
AUT University, Level 7, AUT Tower, 2-14 Wakefield Street, Auckland. 


PhD, University of Auckland.
Master of Commerce (Information Systems, 1st Class Hons), Auckland
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member, Association of Information Systems
Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)                                       
Member, Agile Professionals Network (APN, Auckland)
Board Member, Journal of Information Technology Education: Research (JITE:Research) and Innovations in Practice (JITE:IIP)


Mali Senapathi is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Information Technology and Software Engineering at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. Mali was awarded an Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from the University of Mysore, India, and MCom (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Teaching Areas:

Bachelor of Computing and Information Sciences:
  • INFS600 – Data and Process Modelling
  • COMP (702 – 704) – Research and Development Project
Master of Computer and Information Sciences:
  • COMP811 – Research Methods

Research Areas:

  • Databases
  • Software Engineering Process Innovations – adoption, implementation, and assimilation
  • Agile Software Development
  • DevOps
  • IS and Software Engineering Education

Research Summary:

Mali’s research is mainly in agile software development with a focus on effective and sustained use of process innovations in organisations.  She employs a variety of qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods including structural equation modelling, case studies, interviews, and surveys.
Mali’s research has been published in the Journal of Systems and Software, Proceedings of the Evaluation and Assessment of Software Engineering Conference (EASE), Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), Agile Software Development (Agile and XP) Conference proceedings, among others. She also serves as the board member of the Journal of Information Technology Education: Research (JITE: Research) and on the program committee of various other conferences.

Current Research Projects:

Planned current projects include:
  • An empirical investigation of the factors affecting sustained agile usage
  • Coordination effectiveness in distributed agile software development
  • OO Analysis and Design – investigating the gap between teaching and industry expectations


Selected Journal and Conference publications:

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A (2014): An empirical investigation of the factors affecting agile usage. EASE 2014, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, London, 13th  - 14th May, 2014, London, UK

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A (2013): Sustained agile usage: a systematic literature review. EASE 2013, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, Brazil, 14th -16th April 2013.

Senapathi, M., Drury-Grogan, M.L., and Srinivasan, A (2013) Agile Usage: Refining a Theoretical Model. Proceedings of the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Jeju Island, Korea, 18th - 22nd June 2013, PACIS 2013 http://aisel.aisnet.org/pacis2013/43

Senapathi, M., Srinivasan, A. (2012), Understanding post-adoptive agile usage: An exploratory cross-case analysis, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol 85, No 6, pp. 255-1268

Senapathi, M., Middleton, P., & Evans, G. (2011). Factors affecting effectiveness of agile usage - Insights from the BBC worldwide case study. Springer, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 77 LNBIP, 132-145.

Senapathi, M. (2010). Adoption of Software Engineering Process Innovations: The Case of Agile Software Development Methodologies.. In A. Sillitti, A. Martin, X. Wang, & E. Whitworth (Eds.), Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming Vol. 48 (pp. 226-231). Trondheim, Norway: Springer.


AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award, 2013

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