Software-export Strategies for Developing Countries: A Caribbean Perspective

Pamela Y. Abbott
2004 Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries  
The globalisation of the software industry is seen to be driven in part by skill shortages in industrialised economies, movement of software development practices away from centralised to more distributed modes and the spread of information and communication technologies to developing countries, where skilled labour is available at lower costs. As such, a software export industry is sometimes seen as a means by which some developing countries can create competitive advantage. While many studies
more » ... have explored the strategies used by some of the more successful software-exporting countries, little research has been done in locations that lack some of the basic resources deemed necessary for success in this area. This paper describes two Caribbean software-outsourcing ventures in order to explore possible softwareexport strategies available within such atypical contexts. The role of government and degree of integration of the software outsourcer into the local context are found to feature significantly.
doi:10.1002/j.1681-4835.2004.tb00128.x fatcat:hs6c5hsyqvd7bnlg5ssw4zff4u