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Professional and trade associations in a nascent and formative sector of a developing economy: A case study of the NASSCOM effect on the Indian offshoring industry

Authors
Journal
Journal of International Management
1075-4253
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
15
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.intman.2008.09.003
Keywords
  • Offshoring Industry
  • Software
  • Professional And Trade Associations
  • Nasscom
  • National Elite
  • India

Abstract

Abstract As important sources that shape institutional structures in an economy, professional and trade associations play significant roles in bringing and legitimating institutional changes. This paper examines the roles of professional and trade associations' impacts on institutions associated with a nascent and formative sector of a developing economy. In empirical terms, the paper offers an in-depth case study of India's National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on institutional changes related to the offshoring industry. The NASSCOM case shows that under appropriate conditions, professional and trade associations represent an alternative to the state in shaping the industry landscape.

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