BALANCING MODULARITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN DESIGNING AGILE ORGANIZATIONS - The Case of Outsourcing

Kris Ven, Benazeer Shahzada, Jan Verelst

Abstract

The ability to innovate is of increasing importance for organizations to increase their competitiveness. Since organizations are becoming increasingly dependent on information technology (IT) to support their operations, IT nowadays plays a crucial role in stimulating innovation in organizations. It has also been shown that IT offers opportunities to organizations to increase their agility. In this paper, we argue that in order for organizations to innovate with IT, design parameters are needed which can be governed by organizations. Our focus in this paper is on how modularity and knowledge can be used as design parameters. Although the importance of knowledge has been widely acknowledged in literature, organizational modularity has received far less attention. We will demonstrate that attention to both design parameters is essential to innovate with IT. We focus hereby on an application within the context of IT outsourcing. We provide a framework that has a strong theoretical foundation which illustrates how the concepts of modularity, knowledge, outsourcing, agility, and innovation are related to each other.

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Ven K., Shahzada B. and Verelst J. (2010). BALANCING MODULARITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN DESIGNING AGILE ORGANIZATIONS - The Case of Outsourcing . In Proceedings of the Multi-Conference on Innovative Developments in ICT - Volume 1: ICITIE, (INNOV 2010) ISBN 978-989-8425-15-7, pages 189-194. DOI: 10.5220/0002967101890194


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@conference{icitie10,
author={Kris Ven and Benazeer Shahzada and Jan Verelst},
title={BALANCING MODULARITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN DESIGNING AGILE ORGANIZATIONS - The Case of Outsourcing},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Multi-Conference on Innovative Developments in ICT - Volume 1: ICITIE, (INNOV 2010)},
year={2010},
pages={189-194},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002967101890194},
isbn={978-989-8425-15-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Multi-Conference on Innovative Developments in ICT - Volume 1: ICITIE, (INNOV 2010)
TI - BALANCING MODULARITY AND KNOWLEDGE IN DESIGNING AGILE ORGANIZATIONS - The Case of Outsourcing
SN - 978-989-8425-15-7
AU - Ven K.
AU - Shahzada B.
AU - Verelst J.
PY - 2010
SP - 189
EP - 194
DO - 10.5220/0002967101890194