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

P. Ben Chou

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-123
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology and Management
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Coordination game
  • Game theory
  • Information systems
  • Inter-organisational collaboration
  • Knowledge-sharing dilemma
  • Strategic alliance


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