Book Review - "The Emergence of Transnational Cooperation in the Software Industry"

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Nowadays the world is more interconnected than ever, and the businesses that have emerged in the past few decades find the national borders or time-zones irrelevant. Several of those industries are the Software, and Information and Communications Technology. These businesses are not only some of the most internationalised, but they also cooperate quite a lot with Contract Enforcement Institutions, either state-based or autonomous. These establishments are arguably much needed for the efficient and trustworthy work in the modern technology companies. Unsurprisingly, this topic has been widely analysed in the academia, and the chapter on the rise of cross-border collaboration in the software industry, which is going to be reviewed in this paper, is not an exception. Written by two German scholars, the empirical study provides a starting point for new researches and a rather decent introduction to the CEIs. The paper will describe the chapter’s importance in the book and the wider debate. It will also outline its structure, main argument and used evidence. Still, the main purpose of the essay is to critically analyse the chosen chapter, which will be done throughout the whole text and, especially, by the end of the paper.

“Contractual Certainty in International Trade” is a collection of various empirical studies and theory-based debates on the “institutional support for global economic exchanges” . This volume has a large number of contributors (mostly of German-descent) and the main editor – Volkmar Gessner, who is “a retired professor of law and society” (Backhaus 75). The book is structured as follows, there are five empirical studies on a wide range of industries: timber, diamond, software, law and real estate. These cases ar...

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Dietz, Thomas, and Holger Nieswandt. "The Emergence of Transnational Cooperation in the Software Industry." Contractual Certainty in International Trade: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Debates on Institutional Support for Global Economic Exchanges. Ed. Volkmar Gessner. Oxford: Hart Pub., 2009. 87-105. Print.
Gessner, Volkmar. "Introduction: Towards a Theoretical Framework for Contractual Certainty in Global Trade." Contractual Certainty in International Trade: Empirical Studies and Theoretical Debates on Institutional Support for Global Economic Exchanges. Ed. Volkmarr Gessner. Oxford: Hart Pub., 2009. 3-27. Print.
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