IS Outsourcing "Behind the Curtain" - Beyond Rational to Institutional Explanations

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  • Department of Business Studies
  • Information Systems Research Group
Outsourcing is now a feasible mean for Information Systems (IS) cost savings, but do how-ever increase the complexity substantially when many organizations are involved. We set out to study IS outsourcing with many interorganizational partners in a large Scandinavian high-tech organization SCANDI, trying to answer the question: Why does SCANDI engage in very complex outsourcing arrangements? To answer this question we observed numerous meetings and collected data from interviews in four parts of SCANDI. After transcribing and analyzing our data we found at first just the rational cost saving explanation; but then with a more careful analysis focusing on institutional factors, other explanations "behind the curtain" were re-vealed, such as management consultants with a "best practice" agenda, people promoting out-sourcing thereby being promoted themselves, and a believe in outsourcing as a "silver bullet", a recipe to success, solving everything.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventSIM workshop, ancillary workshop to International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2008 - Paris, France
Duration: 13 Dec 200815 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceSIM workshop, ancillary workshop to International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2008
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period13/12/200815/12/2008

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