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A Conceptual Model for Bidirectional Service, Information and Product Quality in an IS Outsourcing Collaboration Environment


  • Subrata Chakrabarty


This paper advances theory on the process of collaboration between entities and its implications on the quality of services, information, and/or products (SIPs) that the collaborating entities provide to each other. It investigates the scenario of outsourced IS projects (such as custom software development) where the extent of collaboration between a client and vendor is high. Using the social exchange theory, the proposed conceptual model tries to establish the "bidirectional" nature of SIP quality in a collaborative environment, where the SIPs exchanged are possibly "dependent" on each other, and if any entity wishes to receive high SIP quality then it should make efforts to provide high SIP quality in return too. Furthermore, it advocates increasing efforts to link financial stakes (tangible or intangible monetary benefits or risks) to the quality of SIP being continuously exchanged throughout the project lifecycle.

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  • Subrata Chakrabarty, 2009. "A Conceptual Model for Bidirectional Service, Information and Product Quality in an IS Outsourcing Collaboration Environment," Papers 0902.0188,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0902.0188

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    1. Eric T. G. Wang & Terry Barron & Abraham Seidmann, 1997. "Contracting Structures for Custom Software Development: The Impacts of Informational Rents and Uncertainty on Internal Development and Outsourcing," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 43(12), pages 1726-1744, December.
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