Department of Management

Co-sourcing in software development offshoring: A case study of risk perception and alleviation

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Software development projects are increasingly geographical distributed with offshoring, which introduce complex risks that can lead to project failure. Co-sourcing is a highly integrative and cohesive approach, seen successful, to software development offshoring. However, research of how co-sourcing shapes the perception and alleviation of the well-known risks related to offshoring is limited. We present a case study of how a certified CMMI-level 5 Danish software supplier approaches these risks in offshore co-sourcing. The paper explains how co-sourcing from a mature software company may shape the perception and alleviation of common offshoring risks. Contrary to the suggestion from previous research on offshoring risks, the case shows a successful pursuit of high task uncertainty, equivocality, and coupling across sites. We found that
indirect risk alleviation shaped the task related risk-taking by high attention to of the closely interrelated structure and technology components in terms of CMMI and the actors’ cohesion and integration in terms of Scrum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Research Workshop on Information Technology Project Management (IRWITPM)
Number of pages10
Place of publicationMilano
PublisherAIS Special Interest Group on Information Technology Project Management
Publication year15 Dec 2013
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2013
EventInternational Research Workshop on IT Project Management - Milano, Italy
Duration: 14 Dec 201314 Dec 2013


ConferenceInternational Research Workshop on IT Project Management

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