Contract Choice in Software Development Outsourcing: a Multidimensional View of Project Attributes. Conference Paper uri icon


  • Recently, there is a growing interest in the contractual mechanisms that govern software development outsourcing (SDO). Studies on SDO frequently draw their predictive power from the identification of project attributes that explain why firms choose either fixed-price (FP) or time-and-materials (T&M) contracts. However, studies seem to adopt a unidimensional view, in the sense that they examine how contract choice is associated with isolated attributes. The present study contributes to the literature by adopting a multidimensional view of contract choice. The main benefit of such a view is its ability to serve as a platform for exploring the interrelationships among project attributes. The literature suggests that both transaction cost economics (TCE) attributes (uncertainty, specificity and complexity, and frequency) and software engineering (SE) attributes of …

publication date

  • September 1, 2010

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