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Contracts in Offshore Software Development: An Empirical Analysis

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  • Anandasivam Gopal

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    (Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742)

  • Konduru Sivaramakrishnan

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    (Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204)

  • M. S. Krishnan

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    (University of Michigan Business School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109)

  • Tridas Mukhopadhyay

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    (Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213)

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    Abstract

    We study the determinants of contract choice in offshore software development projects and examine how the choice of contract and other factors in the project affect project profits accruing to the software vendor. Using data collected on 93 offshore projects from a leading Indian software vendor, we provide evidence that specific vendor-, client-, and project-related characteristics such as requirement uncertainty, project team size, and resource shortage significantly explain contract choice in these projects. Our analysis suggests that contract choice significantly determines project profit. Additionally, some ex ante vendor-, client-, and project-related characteristics known at the time of choosing the contract continue to significantly influence project profits after controlling for contract choice. We also provide evidence to show that project duration and team size affect project profits.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 49 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 12 (December)
    Pages: 1671-1683

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:49:y:2003:i:12:p:1671-1683

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    Keywords: Software Development; Offshore Contracting; Contract Choice; Software Outsourcing;

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    Cited by:
    1. Schmeisser, Bjoern, 2013. "A Systematic Review of Literature on Offshoring of Value Chain Activities," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 390-406.
    2. Hirnle, Christoph & Hess, Thomas, 2005. "Bewertung unternehmens├╝bergreifender IT Investitionen in Unternehmensnetzwerken: Ein Property-Rights basierter Zugang," Working Papers 4/2005, University of Munich, Munich School of Management, Institute for Information Systems and New Media.
    3. Leslie P. Willcocks & Ilan Oshri & Julia Kotlarsky & Joseph W. Rottman, 2011. "Outsourcing and offshoring engineering projects: understanding the value, sourcing models, and coordination practices," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 39644, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Mingfeng Lin & Siva Viswanathan & Ritu Agarwal, 2010. "An Empirical Study of Online Software Outsourcing: Signals under Different Contract Regimes," Working Papers 10-22, NET Institute.

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