Protection of Customers’ and Suppliers’ Knowledge in Software Development Projects with Fixed-Price Contract: Using Property Rights Theory

Gaebert C


Zusammenfassung
In software development projects (SDP), both the supplier and the customer must share their business knowledge for reaching the project success. However, this business knowledge is an essential intellectual property, and thus needs protection from misuse. In this paper, we present an analysis of knowledge difficult to protect. We enact a strategy to achieve SDPs success despite these barriers. Our theoretical and empirical analysis also found that SDP success is largely an uncertainty problem between the contractual parties on the management level, and thus technical-organizational approaches alone are inadequate for achieving success. Based on property rights theory, we introduce two models for protecting knowledge depending on uncertainties. Our findings offer managers important insights how they can design and enact especially fixed-price contracts. Moreover, we show how the economic theories can enhance understanding of SDP dynamics and advance the development of a theory of effective control of SDP success.

Schlüsselwörter
Software development project; Information Knowledge; Intellectual property rights; Property rights theory



Publikationstyp
Buchbeitrag (Sammel-, Herausgeberband)

Begutachtet
Ja

Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht

Jahr
2016

Buchtitel
Software Technologies 10th International Joint Conference, ICSOFT 2015, Colmar, France, July 20-22, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Herausgeber
Lorenz, P., Cardoso, J., Maciaszek, L.A., van Sinderen, M.

Seiten
210-227

Band
586

Reihe
Communications in Computer and Information Science

Verlag
Springer

Sprache
Englisch

ISBN
978-3-319-30142-6

DOI