Methodology Fit in Offshoring Software Development Projects

Methodology Fit in Offshoring Software Development Projects

Peng Xu (Department of Management Science and Information Systems, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA) and Yurong Yao (Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/IRMJ.2015070104
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Abstract

Offshoring has become a viable alternative for companies to lower software development costs and leverage labor resources worldwide. To achieve success in offshoring software development projects, a vendor must choose appropriate development methodologies. This study aims to examine how methodology fit affects offshoring project performance. The authors propose that methodology fit affects project performance through interfirm knowledge sharing between vendors and clients. In addition, the impact of methodology fit on knowledge sharing is dependent on relational capital between vendors and clients. A survey was conducted among software companies in China that provide offshoring services. 108 completed questionnaires were collected. The results confirm the authors' hypotheses.
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Theoretical Development

Knowledge sharing plays a critical role in OSD. Therefore, we use the lens of interfirm knowledge sharing to explore the relationship between development methodology and OSD success. The focus of this study is not on technical details of development methodologies. Instead, through the lens of knowledge sharing, it examines how methodology fit affect the success of offshoring software development projects. This study focuses on clients and vendors’ interactions. Therefore, we focus on information system literature in model development.

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