IT Sourcing — A Dynamic Phenomenon: Forming an Institutional Theory Perspective

  • Bandula Jayatilaka

Abstract

Research as well as industry surveys have shown that IS outsourcing is not a static phenomenon and success of it is not a definitive outcome. Lack of success in IS outsourcing has led companies to seek costly alterations in their IS outsourcing arrangements (Input 1999c). In general, companies shift IS sourcing due to lack of success or due to newly emerging conditions and needs. Therefore, improved understanding of the factors influencing such shifts in companies’ outsourcing arrangements may become useful in making better decisions and in developing the IS outsourcing research stream. Specifically, the following research questions can be raised at this stage. What are the concepts relevant for explaining the changes in sourcing and theoretical foundations that can explain the processes and antecedents to change? Review of past IS outsourcing research shows that there is a dearth of research on the continuation of IS outsourcing arrangements. Nam, Rajagopalan, Rao, and Chaudhury, (1996) investigated the determinants that would lead to continuation of IS outsourcing, which they referred to as a secondlevel decision to outsource and treated the continuation as an isolated static phenomenon and did not view it as a change process.

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Mercury Petroleum Cage Transportation Zucker 

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  • Bandula Jayatilaka
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  1. 1.School of ManagementBinghamton University SUNYBinghamtonUSA

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