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Configuring Capabilities for Integrated Solutions: Evidence from the IT Sector

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  • Federica Ceci
  • Andrea Prencipe
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    This paper investigates the way that firms' environmental context and organizational structure influence their strategic choices and lead to different capabilities configurations. Drawing on contingency theory and the resource-based view, we explore integrated solutions—an emerging business model in which firms bundle products and services—in the IT sector, which is a particularly appropriate context due to its novelty, high-technology characteristics and implications for capabilities development. This study contributes to research and practice by identifying how organizational and environmental/market factors co-evolve with firms' strategy and how firms' distinct strategic decisions lead to differences in capabilities configurations.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 277-296

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:15:y:2008:i:3:p:277-296

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    Keywords: Capabilities; integrated solutions; IT sector; contingency theory; resource-based view;

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    1. Ceci, Federica & Prencipe, Andrea, 2013. "Does Distance Hinder Coordination? Identifying and Bridging Boundaries of Offshored Work," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 324-332.

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