A Business Ecosystem Perspective on Open Platforms and Outsourcing Relationships: A Software Industry Case Study

  • Michael D. FrutigerEmail author
  • Sandra A. Slaughter
  • Sridhar Narasimhan
Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)


In this paper we introduce the business ecosystem concept as a lens to explore how the introduction of an open platform may affect outsourcing relationships in a software industry. The case of a recent military initiative to introduce the F.A.C.E.TM (Future Airborne Capability Environment) open platform as a mechanism to control avionics software costs by increasing the re-use of software is used to illustrate changes to the software outsourcing ecosystem. As a consequence this work then lays the foundation for a detailed investigation of the predicted implications both in general and for the specific context studied, as well as illustrating the value of an ecosystem perspective for evaluating the impact of an open platform on outsourcing relationships in other industries.


IT outsourcing Business ecosystem Open platforms Open standards Software industry 



This research, entitled “Cost Impact on Software Ecosystem for the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE)” is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Navy (NAVAIR) and by the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Frutiger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sandra A. Slaughter
    • 2
  • Sridhar Narasimhan
    • 3
  1. 1.Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business, Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Information Technology ManagementErnest Scheller Jr. College of Business, Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Ernest Scheller Jr. College of BusinessGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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