Coordinating Platform-Based Multi-Sourcing: Introducing the Theory of Convention

Hurni, Thomas; Huber, Thomas; Dibbern, Jens (15 December 2015). Coordinating Platform-Based Multi-Sourcing: Introducing the Theory of Convention. ICIS 2015 Proceedings.

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Spurred by the consumer market, companies increasingly deploy smartphones or tablet computers in their operations. However, unlike private users, companies typically struggle to cover their needs with existing applications, and therefore expand mobile software platforms through customized applications from multiple software vendors. Companies thereby combine the concepts of multi-sourcing and software platform ecosystems in a novel platform-based multi-sourcing setting. This implies, however, the clash of two different approaches towards the coordination of the underlying one-to-many inter-organizational relationships. So far, however, little is known about impacts of merging coordination approaches. Relying on convention theory, we addresses this gap by analyzing a platform-based multi-sourcing project between a client and six software vendors, that develop twenty-three custom-made applications on a common platform (Android). In doing so, we aim to understand how unequal coordination approaches merge, and whether and for what reason particular coordination mechanisms, design decisions, or practices disappear, while new ones emerge.

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

UniBE Contributor:

Hurni, Thomas; Huber, Thomas and Dibbern, Jens

Subjects:

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

Projects:

[639] IT-Multisourcing Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Hurni

Date Deposited:

11 Feb 2016 16:31

Last Modified:

11 Oct 2016 08:41

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Multi-sourcing, Platform Ecosystem, Theory of Conventions, Coordination, Interdependency

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72253

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72253

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