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The supply-side IT outsourcing competencies and relationship exchange in Malaysia

Arshad, Yusri and Ahlan, Abdul Rahman and Hussein, Ramlah (2008) The supply-side IT outsourcing competencies and relationship exchange in Malaysia. In: The 7th WSEAS International Conference on E-Activities (E-Activities `08), 29 - 31 December, 2008, Cairo, Egypt.

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Abstract

IT outsourcing (ITO) has experienced a considerable growth in recent years, so much so that some authors suggest we find ourselves in the outsourcing era. ITO growth seems to be guaranteed at least in the near future. Many past researches on IT outsourcing were done in North America, Europe and Australasia contexts with little evidence from developing countries perspectives [13, 26]. IT outsourcing relationship researches revealed its importance in improving the success of IT outsourcing arrangements. Many researches on relationship, however, were investigated from demand-side perspectives. Hence, it is the aim of this study to complement these one-dimensional findings by investigating the IT outsourcing relationship exchange from service providers’ perspectives in Malaysian context. This report presents the first phase qualitative findings of an on-going research on IT outsourcing competencies and relationship. The study comprises three phases: 1) a focus group and in-depth interviews; 2) mass survey; and 3) final group discussion. The authors have arranged an expert focus group deliberating on the emerging issues and subsequently interviewed five senior executive managements in the service provider firms to explore further on key variables. The unstructured interviews were recorded and transcribed and analysed based on Miles and Huberman (1994) recommendations. The study found that all the variables are, in practice, important determinants of successful outsourcing projects as claimed by many other researches in the western context. The ranking of the determinants or factors, however, were of varying disputes depending on the types of ITO configurations the parties entered into.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 1716/17424
Uncontrolled Keywords: IT outsourcing, relationship exchange, competencies, supply-side, Malaysia, developing country
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55.4 Industrial engineering.Management engineering.
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55.4 Industrial engineering.Management engineering. > T58.6 Management information systems
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Information System
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Information System
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dr. Abd Rahman Ahlan
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 11:18
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 15:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/17424

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