Modularity of the Software Industry: A Model for the Use of Standards and Alternative Coordination Mechanisms

Modularity of the Software Industry: A Model for the Use of Standards and Alternative Coordination Mechanisms

Heiko Hahn (University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany) and Klaus Turowski (University of Augsbrug, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsr.2005070103
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to develop a research model for the driver and inhibitors to a modular software industry. A modular software industry is characterized by specialized software component producers instead of highly integrated firms that offer monolithic software systems. The research model we present is a synthesis of different and sometimes competing research traditions (e.g., system theory, transaction cost theory, and the resource-based view). Besides the theoretical foundation, the research model also incorporates insights from the analysis of 11 in-depth interviews that were conducted with experts from the automotive, IT, finance, and insurance industries.

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