Business Strategies for Outsourcing Information Technology Work

Business Strategies for Outsourcing Information Technology Work

Subrata Chakrabarty (Texas A&M University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch112
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Abstract

Firms pursue various strategies to exploit resources and capabilities and gain a competitive advantage (Porter, 1996). Interfirm relationships are collaborative agreements between organizations (Chakrabarty, 2006a; Whetten, 1981), and firms need to be careful in adopting suitable strategies to deal with interfirm relationships (Chakrabarty, 2007b). Interfirm relationships represent a sort of trade-off that organizations must make, whereby, in order to gain resources of other organizations, an organization must relinquish some its independence because the relationship also brings certain obligations with it (Whetten, 1981). Top management strategists might find their commitments to other firms as a sort of liability, and therefore, a serious evaluation of whether the benefits from the interfirm relationship outweigh the inevitable costs is needed before entering into interfirm relationships (Whetten, 1981).

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