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The Software Value Chain as an Analytical Framework for the Software Industry and Its Exemplary Application for Vertical Integration Measurement

Pussep, Anton and Schief, Markus and Widjaja, Thomas and Buxmann, Peter and Wolf, Christian Michael (2011):
The Software Value Chain as an Analytical Framework for the Software Industry and Its Exemplary Application for Vertical Integration Measurement.
In: AMCIS 2011 Proceedings, In: American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Detroit, USA, August 4-7, 2011, [Online-Edition: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2011_submissions/387/],
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Abstract

The value chain concept disaggregates a firm into the various activities it performs. Abstracting from the firm-level this concept has also been applied to industries as a whole. In this paper we conceptualize a software specific value chain and provide a first proof of concept. Our approach aggregates and unifies findings from a literature review on industry-level value chains, software value chains, and related concepts. The resulting unified software value chain comprises eleven activities: product research, component procurement, product development, user documentation, production and packaging, marketing, implementation, training and certification, maintenance and support, operations, and replacement. A first proof of concept is provided through expert interviews with software firms. Furthermore, we present an example that shows how the software value chain can be applied to measure the degree of vertical integration in the software industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2011
Creators: Pussep, Anton and Schief, Markus and Widjaja, Thomas and Buxmann, Peter and Wolf, Christian Michael
Title: The Software Value Chain as an Analytical Framework for the Software Industry and Its Exemplary Application for Vertical Integration Measurement
Language: English
Abstract:

The value chain concept disaggregates a firm into the various activities it performs. Abstracting from the firm-level this concept has also been applied to industries as a whole. In this paper we conceptualize a software specific value chain and provide a first proof of concept. Our approach aggregates and unifies findings from a literature review on industry-level value chains, software value chains, and related concepts. The resulting unified software value chain comprises eleven activities: product research, component procurement, product development, user documentation, production and packaging, marketing, implementation, training and certification, maintenance and support, operations, and replacement. A first proof of concept is provided through expert interviews with software firms. Furthermore, we present an example that shows how the software value chain can be applied to measure the degree of vertical integration in the software industry.

Title of Book: AMCIS 2011 Proceedings
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Information Systems
Event Title: American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
Event Location: Detroit, USA
Event Dates: August 4-7, 2011
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 12:01
Official URL: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2011_submissions/387/
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software industry, value chain, software value chain, vertical integration, degree of vertical integration, vertical integration measurementEnglish
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