Global sourcing of IT and various business services has received increasing attention
since 2000 and the offshoring role in Y2K work. Many organizations in developed
economies have rapidly evolved global models involving a mix of third parties at
a range of geographical locations. Meanwhile developing economies have looked to
develop their own industries to stimulate and meet demand. Both domestic and offshore
suppliers are increasingly intent on designing more sophisticated sourcing arrangements,
including offshore, nearshore and onshore components. The offshore market alone is
expanding at well over 10 per cent per annum, while IT outsourcing (US$ 200 billion
in 2005) and Business Process outsourcing (US$140 billion in 2005) are set to expand
at between 7-10% annually for the next five years (Willcocks and Lacity, 2006 figures).
These phenomena well deserve in-depth study, and this workshop provides a forum for
advancement in research approaches and learning.
The Second Workshop that took place in March 2008 focused on social, managerial and
knowledge-related aspects of Global Sourcing. Best papers from this Workshop will
be published in the Special Issue of Information Technology and People and in a book.
The Third Workshop aims to understand the Impacts of Global IS Sourcing on Engineering,
Technology and Innovation Management. See full Call for Papers.