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Development of measures to assess dimensions of IS operation transactions


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  • Aubert, B. A.
  • Rivard, S.
  • Patry, M.
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    Information Systems (IS) researchers often rely on Organization Economics models to describe and explain various IS management issues. While those models are found to be useful, measures are yet to be proposed to assess the dimensions of IS transactions. In this paper we present the results of a study that was a first effort toward this end. The focus of the study was on one type of transaction, IS operations, in a particular management context, that of outsourcing. Measures were developed for four critical dimensions of IS operation transactions: asset specificity, measurement problem, origin of the most important investment, and governance mechanism. Data from 250 large Canadian firms were used to assess the measures, using the partial least squares technique.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

    Volume (Year): 24 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 661-680

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:24:y:1996:i:6:p:661-680

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    Keywords: empirical research measurement partial least squares transaction cost theory outsourcing of IS research methodologies;


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    1. Benoit A. Aubert & Brian Corbitt & Anne C. Rouse, 2001. "Perspectives on IT Outsourcing Success: Covariance Structure Modelling of a Survey of Outsourcing in Australia," CIRANO Working Papers, CIRANO 2001s-18, CIRANO.
    2. Benoit A. Aubert & Michel Patry & Suzanne Rivard, 2001. "Managing IT Outsourcing Risk: Lessons Learned," CIRANO Working Papers, CIRANO 2001s-39, CIRANO.
    3. Serge Valant Gandja, 2012. "Choix stratégiques et modes d'organisation des services comptables dans une économie en développement : une analyse des déterminants par une approche triangulée," Post-Print hal-00690977, HAL.
    4. Bahli, Bouchaib & Rivard, Suzanne, 2005. "Validating measures of information technology outsourcing risk factors," Omega, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 175-187, April.
    5. Serge Valant Gandja & Christophe Estay, 2012. "Make-or-Buy Decisions: What Choice for an Accounting Services in a Developing Country?," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 2(4), pages 259-271, October.
    6. Benoit A. Aubert & Barbara L. Kelsey, 2000. "The Illusion of Trust and Performance," CIRANO Working Papers, CIRANO 2000s-03, CIRANO.


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