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Make or buy of IT-enabled innovation

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  • Mahnke, Volker

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

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    IT-enabled innovations are of increasing importance for competitive success in most sectors today. This paper offers a novel theoretical and empirically illustrated explanation of why IT-outsourcing strategies differ between innovative first-movers, fast followers and late entrants. In particular, an analysis of three companies in the financial sector - Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investment, and Merrill Lynch - reveals that governance choices influence a company’s ap-propriable learning curve advantage to slow down or speed up adoption and imitation of IT-enabled innovation. Moreover, we discuss the implications of governance choices in techno-logical environments characterised by either accumulation or disruption.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics in its series Working Papers with number 2004-2.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 20 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_002

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    Postal: Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
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    Keywords: IT-enabled innovation; outsourcing; technological regime; strategic posture; first-mover advantages; financial services; online brokerage;

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    1. Robertson, Paul L. & Langlois, Richard N., 1995. "Innovation, networks, and vertical integration," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 543-562, July.
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