SAP: The Challenge of Aligning Sourcing and Innovation Strategies

Bent Petersen, Dominique Nikerle-Uhthoff, Helen Schwaerzler

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    In late 2011, SAP, the German leader in the enterprise software industry, announced a major investment plan for expanding in China and also acquired a leading American firm in cloud-based human capital management software. At first glance, these investments seemed rather unconnected. A closer look at SAP’s strategy, however, revealed a closely connected and coordinated network of strategic decisions and investments for which alignment and finding the right balance were key challenges. Hence, it was crucial to ask: What were the principal challenges for SAP in aligning its innovation and sourcing strategies? Compared to its key competitors — Microsoft, IBM and Oracle — how was it aligning its innovation strategy with its sourcing strategy?
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date5 Aug 2014
    Place of PublicationLondon, ON
    PublisherIvey Publishing
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2014

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