The Application of Real Options to the R & D Outsourcing Decision Chapter uri icon


  • This chapter is a companion chapter to Chapter XVI, Real Option Appraisal in R&D Outsourcing. We provide two real-world case studies of the application of real options to answer the question: How do practicing planners and managers use and value flexibility in development projects? The first case study we develop is based on the outsourcing decision-making process, more specifically, a two-stage vendor selection approach (applying real options theory) to adopting a supply chain management (SCM) system in a Shanghai-based transportation company Chic Logistics. In the second case study, we use the example of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to illustrate how decision-makers identify uncertainty and value flexibility in project analysis, and by deliberate decision, increase their options and thereby project value.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cao, Q., Ford, D. N., & Leggio, K. B.

complete list of authors

  • Cao, Qing||Ford, David N||Leggio, Karyl B

Book Title

  • Outsourcing Management Information Systems

publication date

  • December 2006