The Software Prototype as Digital Boundary Object – A Revelatory Longitudinal Innovation Case

Winkler, Maike; Huber, Thomas; Dibbern, Jens (December 2014). The Software Prototype as Digital Boundary Object – A Revelatory Longitudinal Innovation Case. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Auckland, New Zealand.

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With the availability of lower cost but highly skilled software development labor from offshore regions, entrepreneurs from developed countries who do not have software development experience can utilize this workforce to develop innovative software products. In order to succeed in offshored innovation projects, the often extreme knowledge boundaries between the onsite entrepreneur and the offshore software development team have to be overcome. Prior research has proposed that boundary objects are critical for bridging such boundaries – if they are appropriately used. Our longitudinal, revelatory case study of a software innovation project is one of the first to explore the role of the software prototype as a digital boundary object. Our study empirically unpacks five use practices that transform the software prototype into a boundary object such that knowledge boundaries are bridged. Our findings provide new theoretical insights for literature on software innovation and boundary objects, and have implications for practice.

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:

Winkler, Maike; Huber, Thomas and Dibbern, Jens

Subjects:

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

Series:

ICIS 2014 Proceedings

Projects:

[231] Overcoming Knowledge Barriers in Offshore-Outsorced Software Innovation Projects
[233] Software Prototypes as Boundary Objects

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maike Alice Ellinor Winkler

Date Deposited:

16 Oct 2014 16:18

Last Modified:

29 Jun 2015 13:41

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59153

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59153

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