Using E-markets for Globally Distributed Work

Jos van Hillegersberg, Chintan Amrit Amrit

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For over a decade, dedicated E-markets have been facilitating globally distributed systems development by enhancing the traditionally high-risk global sourcing processes. At the same time, the success and potential of E-markets for sourcing project globally can be questioned, as E-markets embody a variety of temporal, geographical and socio-cultural gaps. To study the effectiveness of the mechanisms offered by the E-markets, we ran a field experiment in which four development teams worked for 10 weeks to have a software development product designed, programmed and tested by remote developer(s) using an E-market. Three out of the four teams managed to deliver a successful product within time and budget. This result exceeded our expectations and contradicts the critical observations and opinions in several blogs and news articles. We find that for effective e-Market sourcing a skilled customer team with competences including vendor selection, software contracting, software requirements specification, development methods, cross-cultural and virtual communications, use of various cloud based tools, frequent functional and non functional testing are necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAchieving Success and Innovation in Global Sourcing: Perspectives and Practices
Subtitle of host publication9th Global Sourcing Workshop 2015, La Thuile, Italy, February 18-21, 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsIlan Oshri, Julia Kotlarsky, Leslie P. Willcocks
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-26739-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-26738-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event9th Global Sourcing Workshop 2015: Achieving Success and Innovation in Global Sourcing: Perspectives and Practices - La Thuile, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 20151 Jan 2015
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Other9th Global Sourcing Workshop 2015
CityLa Thuile


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  • METIS-314538


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