Encounter the Paradox: Handling Coopetitive Multi-sourcing

Huber, Thomas; Dibbern, Jens (23 February 2017). Encounter the Paradox: Handling Coopetitive Multi-sourcing (Unpublished). In: The 11th Global Sourcing Workshop. La Thuile, Italy. 22.-25.02.2017.

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Based on an exploratory case study, this paper aims to explore how clients in multi-sourcing software development settings promote a coopetitive balance between cooperation and competition as well as the consequences of service provider practice variations. Based on a first analysis of the data, we were able to identify high-level mechanisms and practices: First, we found three mechanisms that were used to establish coopetition on quality: modularization of software, tendering abilities instead of projects, and prescribing the service providers to cooperation as a mean to stay competitive. Second, we found three mechanisms that aimed to facilitate service providers in coping with the coopetition paradox: Introduction of a uniform development methodology, standardization of the design principles as well as the infrastructure, and the promotion of communication through co-location. Ultimately, we gathered first high-level examples about service providers’ practice variations to situationally cope with the coopetition paradox.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Engineering
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Huber, Thomas and Dibbern, Jens

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Hurni

Date Deposited:

21 Oct 2019 14:03

Last Modified:

21 Oct 2019 14:03

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Multi-sourcing, Cooperation, Competition, Coopetition, Paradox

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/133921

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