Barcelona on June 10-13, 2012ESADE, Barcelona, Spain

the 20th European Conference on Information Systems

Web: Global Sourcing Management

Track Chairs / Overview (in alphabetical order)

Erran Carmel American University Washington D.C., USA

Bernd Heinrich University of Regensburg, Germany

Dennis Kundisch University of Paderborn, Germany dennis.kundisch@wiwi.uni‐

Steffen Zimmermann University of Innsbruck, Austria (primary contact person)

Track Description

Global sourcing of IT and business processes has become a widely accepted practice among transnational corporations. This development has been facilitated by the increasingly modular design of software production, the increasing availability and maturation of technologies for managing and coordinating work across geographic and cultural distances, and the improved capabilities in software development and project management in low‐ wage offshore regions, such as China or India. However, although the global sourcing market grows continuously, global sourcing activities often still underperform the expected cost reduction potential. A poor understanding of the success factors and poor approaches and capabilities to manage global sourcing activities are major reasons for this. For instance, according to an international survey of Forrester Research, up to 50% of the companies, which participate in the global sourcing market, do not have the right metrics to measure the performance of global sourcing activities.

Against this backdrop, the development and enhancement of global sourcing theories and management approaches are of interest in science and practice. In this context, the Global Sourcing Management track focuses on theories and artifacts, which contribute to a better understanding and management of global sourcing of IT and business processes. Qualitative and quantitative empirical, analytical, and conceptual papers are welcome.

Suggested Topics:

Some of the topics that are of specific interest for the Global Sourcing Management track include, but are not restricted to:

Types of contributions:

Full research papers, research in progress, and teaching cases covering the topics mentioned above are welcome.

List of Associate Editors (in alphabetical order):