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Contracting for Collaborative Services

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  • Guillaume Roels

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    (UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095)

  • Uday S. Karmarkar

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    (UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095)

  • Scott Carr

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    (LECG, Washington, DC 20006)

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we analyze the contracting issues that arise in collaborative services, such as consulting, financial planning, and information technology outsourcing. In particular, we investigate how the choice of contract type--among fixed-fee, time-and-materials, and performance-based contracts--is driven by the service environment characteristics. We find that fixed-fee contracts contingent on performance are preferred when the service output is more sensitive to the vendor's effort, that time-and-materials contracts are optimal when the output is more sensitive to the buyer's effort, and that performance-based contracts dominate when the output is equally sensitive to both the buyer's and the vendor's inputs. We also discuss how the performance of these contracts is affected with output uncertainty, process improvement opportunities, and the involvement of multiple buyers and vendors in the joint-production process. Our model highlights the trade-offs underlying the choice of contracts in a collaborative service environment and identifies service process design changes that improve contract efficiency.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 56 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 849-863

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:56:y:2010:i:5:p:849-863

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    Keywords: services; consulting; joint production; contracting; principal/agent models;

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    Cited by:
    1. Ma, Peng & Wang, Haiyan & Shang, Jennifer, 2013. "Contract design for two-stage supply chain coordination: Integrating manufacturer-quality and retailer-marketing efforts," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 146(2), pages 745-755.
    2. White, Sheneeta W. & Badinelli, Ralph D., 2012. "A model for efficiency-based resource integration in services," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 217(2), pages 439-447.
    3. Ma, Peng & Wang, Haiyan & Shang, Jennifer, 2013. "Supply chain channel strategies with quality and marketing effort-dependent demand," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 144(2), pages 572-581.

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