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Valuate Outsourcing Contracts From Vendors' Perspective: A Real Options Approach

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Executive Summary

To date, most applications of Real Options Theory (ROT) in outsourcing literature are modeled from the clients' side. Little attention has been paid to vendors' options in outsourcing. This paper study outsourcing from the vendors' perspective by analyzing vendors' value of waiting. The contribution of the research to the literature lies in the analysis of a model that compensates for vendors' loss of option to wait since they have to exercise outsourcing contracts at clients' given timing. Such a compensation-oriented model yields new insights about the vendors' valuation of outsourcing opportunities, and offers important practical guidance to vendors' decision making.

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