Title: Knowledge-intensive service activities in software business

Authors: Risto Rajala, Mika Westerlund, Arto Rajala, Seppo Leminen

Addresses: Helsinki School of Economics, P.O. Box 1210, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland. ' Helsinki School of Economics, P.O. Box 1210, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland. ' Helsinki School of Economics, P.O. Box 1210, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland. ' Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vanha maantie 9, FI-02650 Espoo, Finland

Abstract: In this study we focus on knowledge-intensive services used by small and medium-sized companies in the software industry. Our study explores the sources, use and perceived importance of different types of knowledge-intensive services in software business. In addition to revealing the use of commercial privately or publicly produced knowledge-intensive business services, the results of this study indicate the remarkable proportion and strategic role of non-commercial knowledge-intensive service activities that are co-produced in network partnerships. These activities are accomplished in networks in order to mutually generate or transfer knowledge between companies, customers, subcontractors or authorities of the industry, and the knowledge itself is not an object of trade.

Keywords: knowledge-intensive services; networks; software industry; small and medium-sized companies; SMEs; knowledge transfer; knowledge generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2008.016784

International Journal of Technology Management, 2008 Vol.41 No.3/4, pp.273 - 290

Published online: 22 Jan 2008 *

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