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A Resource Based View of the Information Systems Sourcing Mode


  • Benoit A. Aubert
  • Vital Roy


This paper studies the relationships between the choice of a sourcing mode for information systems, the value of the resources used in systems development activities and the presence of those resources at sufficient level within the firm. The objective is to better understand the factors underlying the decision to keep the development of an information system inside the firm or to entrust it to an outside partner. A sourcing model is proposed using the resource-based theory. Two case studies drawn from a larger study are used to illustrate the concepts used in the research model. Data from these two projects illustrate how the model could be used to predict the sourcing mode retained by the managers for each project, given the availability of the necessary resources and the strategic value of the future system. Cette recherche tente de mesurer le lien entre le mode de gestion d'une activité (gestion interne ou impartition) et la valeur de l'activité d'une part, et la présence des ressources requises dans l'entreprise d'autre part. L'objectif est de mieux comprendre les facteurs sous-jacents à une décision d'internalisation ou d'impartition d'une activité. Deux cas sont présentés. Ces cas traitent de développement de systèmes informatiques. Ils permettent d'illustrer le pouvoir explicatif du modèle. Les données illustrent bien comment le modèle proposé peut être utilisé pour prédire le mode de gestion approprié d'une activité de développement de systèmes informatique.

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  • Benoit A. Aubert & Vital Roy, 1999. "A Resource Based View of the Information Systems Sourcing Mode," CIRANO Working Papers 99s-34, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:99s-34

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