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Quest for Control: Managing Software Development in Networked Operating Environments

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Title:Quest for Control: Managing Software Development in Networked Operating Environments
Authors:Koskinen, Kari
Hyrynsalmi, Sonja
Rossi, Matti
Smolander, Kari
Keywords:Integration to Digital Platforms and Infrastructures
non-focal actors
project management
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Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:Instead of developing software purely within the confines of one company, software companies increasingly procure many of the functionalities of their software from external entities and actors via system integrations and utilizing resources provided by external application programming interfaces (APIs). In addition to the benefits that can be reaped via integrations and working in cooperation with other companies, this type of networked software development leads to a reduction of control for the individual companies. As a result, companies need to resort to specific strategies and practices that reduce the risks emerging from lack of control. By utilizing data collected from Finnish software companies, we map the factors that cause reduction of control, study why companies give away control, and identify the challenges surfacing from it. To tackle these issues, we identify two strategies that software companies can take to counter the reduction of control.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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