Title: A game-theoretical model for inter-organisational collaboration in information systems development

Authors: P. Ben Chou

Addresses: NJIT, School of Management, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982, USA

Abstract: This paper develops a game-theoretical model to address different levels of cooperation between two firms that share their knowledge/information systems as a local public good. The model shows that the collaboration between two firms can lead to the creation of new knowledge/information technology, and that a higher speed of creating new knowledge can change the structure of the game from a prisoners| dilemma game to a coordination game as an evolutionary process. Therefore, despite the knowledge-sharing dilemma, it is possible for both firms to reach the stable and more efficient full-collaboration equilibrium than the Nash collaboration equilibrium.

Keywords: coordination game; game theory; information systems; inter-organisational collaboration; knowledge sharing dilemma; strategic alliances.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2011.042583

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2011 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.110 - 123

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 18 Sep 2011 *

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