About the Global Sourcing Workshop

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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 First Global Sourcing Workshop that took place in March 2007 addressed aspects relating to the management of knowledge and innovation of IT and business services in global sourcing. Best papers from  this Workshop were published in the Special Issue of Journal of Information Technology published in March 2008 (vol. 23 issue 1) and in the book   Outsourcing Global Services: Knowledge, Innovation and Social Capital published by  Palgrave, London.

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.

The workshop is organised in association with:

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www.globalsourcing.org.uk