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

  title={Modularity of the Software Industry: A Model for the Use of Standards and Alternative Coordination Mechanisms},
  author={Heiko Hahn and Klaus Turowski},
  journal={Int. J. IT Stand. Stand. Res.},
  • H. Hahn, K. Turowski
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Computer Science, Business
  • Int. J. IT Stand. Stand. Res.
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… 

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