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ARTOS – Articulation Work in Offshoring Projects of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the Sofware Branch

Duration: 2008-2010

Sponsorship: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Contact person: Alexander Boden M.A.

The acronym ARTOS stands for Articulation work in Offshoring Projects of Small and Medium- sized Enterprises of the Software Branch. The project’s research aim was to fathom practices that aid small- and medium sized enterprises (SME) with flexibly implementing distributed software development projects.

For this purpose, and within the scope of a business ethnography, explorative case studies were conducted in several German SME. The findings derived from these empirical analyses were not only be used to postulate scientific theories but were also reflected back on to the practitioners in the form of mutual learning processes.

ARTOS was a research project within the research group Information systems and new media of the University of Siegen and was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

More information on www.artos.uni-siegen.de



Bernhard Nett, Alexander Boden, Claudia Müller (2009) Business Ethnography als ethnografische Gestaltungsperspektive, Kultur-Forschung. Zum Profil einer volkskundlichen Kulturwissenschaft, p. 111-131, Münster: Lit

Alexander Boden, Bernhard Nett (2009) Trust and social capital: Revisiting an offshoring failure story of a small German software company, 2009 Europaean Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW)(September), p. 123-142, pdf, doi:10.1007/978-1-84882-854-4_7

Alexander Boden, Gabriela Avram (2009) Bridging Knowledge Distribution-The Role of Knowledge Brokers in Distributed Software Development Teams, 2009 ICSE Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects on Software Engineering, CHASE 2009 (2009), p. 8-11, url, doi:10.1109/CHASE.2009.5071402

Alexander Boden, Gabriela Avram, Liam Bannon, Volker Wulf (2009) Knowledge Management in Distributed Software Development Teams - Does Culture Matter?, 2009 Fourth IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering, p. 18-27, doi:10.1109/ICGSE.2009.10

Bernhard Nett, Alexander Boden, Volker Wulf (2009) Offshoring in kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen der Softwareindustrie, HMD. Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik 265, p. 92-100

Alexander Boden, Bernhard Nett, Volker Wulf (2009) Operational and Strategic Learning in Global Software Development - Implications from two Offshoring Case Studies in Small Enterprises, IEEE Software, p. 1-15, url, doi:10.1109/MS.2009.153


Alexander Boden, Bernhard Nett, Volker Wulf (2008) Articulation work in small-scale offshore software development projects, Proceedings of the 2008 international workshop on Cooperative and human aspects of software engineering - CHASE '08, p. 21-24, url, doi:10.1145/1370114.1370120


Alexander Boden, Bernhard Nett, Volker Wulf (2007) Coordination Practices in Distributed Software Development of Small Enterprises, International Conference on Global Software Engineering(ICGSE 2007)(Icgse), p. 235-246, url, doi:10.1109/ICGSE.2007.18