The importance of the software industry today is increasing because of its dispersive effects on the development of other industries. In this context, the software industry value chain analysis is a useful methodological approach that allows better understanding of software industry potentials for achieving increased efficiency and competitiveness. Hence, the main objective of this paper is to offer a new conceptual framework for the software industry value chain that will reflect the contemporary changes in this sector. The new model includes: a) identification of the key activities in the software industry; b) a new approach of sequencing the stages in the value chain; c) systematization of activities within each phase; and d) identification of interrelations and linkages in the chain


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