The Sourcing of Application Software Services

Empirical Evidence of Cultural, Industry and Functional Differences

  • Jens Dibbern

Part of the Information Age Economy book series (AGEECONOMY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jens Dibbern
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jens Dibbern
    Pages 135-200
  4. Jens Dibbern
    Pages 201-231
  5. Jens Dibbern
    Pages 233-236
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-331

About this book


The field of Information Systems (IS) outsourcing has drawn considerable attention among scientists and practitioners for the past fifteen years. The present book analyses why organizations insource or outsource IS functions - - specifically the development and maintenance of software applications. Concepts from transaction cost theory, resource-based theory, incomplete contracts theory, the theory of planned behaviour, and cross-cultural research are integrated into a coherent framework that recognizes the economic, strategic, and social dimension of the IS sourcing decision. This framework is specified in a research model and empirically tested across countries (Germany versus USA), industries (Machinery versus Finance) and IS functions (Application Software Development versus Maintenance) using the partial least squares (PLS) approach of structural equation modelling. The book thereby provides theoretically and empirically grounded insights into the reasons and implications of the IS sourcing decision.


Analysis Outsourcing Structural Equation Modeling information system modeling organization service-oriented computing

Authors and affiliations

  • Jens Dibbern
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität MannheimMannheimGermany

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