Building on extant literature in innovation management and marketing, we develop a factor model for explaining firm value innovation that can be reflected in their systems project management. Our model focuses on value innovation and analyzes it from the aspect of willingness-to-cannibalize affected by firm size and inter-firm linkages. We highlight the mediating role of willingness-to-cannibalize that may reconcile the different views about the roles of firm size and inter-firm linkages in firm innovation. We test the model by conducting a survey involving 113 Taiwanese software firms. Our data show a good fit to the model and support all but two of the hypotheses it suggests. The model can explain a significant portion of the variance in value innovation as well as willingness-to-cannibalize. Our findings have several implications for systems project management that we also discuss.
Ward, Paul Christian, "Sacrificing the Holy Cows: A Firm-Level Study of Using Willingness-to-Cannibalize to Drive Innovative Software Project Management" (2009). International Research Workshop on IT Project Management 2009. 6.