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2 Hosting and its Relation to Maintenance and Development After motivating the thesis on sourcing decisions, what is interesting to discuss is the relation between hosting, maintenance and development of software applications. This will give a clearer picture of the focus of the sourcing decisions investigated in this thesis. When explaining the differences as well as the relation between hosting, maintenance and development, the concept ICT function could be useful. De Looff (1997) as well as Agarwal and Sambamurthy (2002) use ICT function when describing sourcing decisions.

Outsourcing can be seen as going in the direction of buying. Internal sourcing could then be described as producing. However, organisations with internal sourcing often need to buy something, for instance consultancy expertise which means that internal sourcing could be described as a mix of producing and buying. Kern et al. (2002b) describe this as buy-in, 25 Deciding on Sourcing Option for Hosting of Software Applications which is a sourcing option where organisations bring in resources and use them under own control.

I would categorise the research as both descriptive as well as explanatory. The research emphasises how sourcing decision-making is made in organisations, and this question is clearly a descriptive question. It also emphasises why organisations start sourcing decisions as well as outcomes at different phases in a sourcing decision-making process. This means that it aims at finding and explaining relations between factors involved in sourcing decisions. In that way the research also can be seen as explanatory.

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