Session 271

The Duke Offshoring Research Network Project: Implications for Research and Practice

Track G

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009


Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Interest Group Panel

Room: Meeting Room 4

Session Chair:
Arie Lewin, Duke University


Global sourcing of business services, from contact centers and IT to engineering and R&D has emerged as a widely accepted business practice across the developed world. It is a topic that has also attracted attention of policy makers and academic research spanning functional areas of business such as marketing, information systems, operations management, strategy, international business, human resources, and social science disciplines of economics, political science, as well cross disciplinary industry studies.
The intersection of academic research, policy and business practices reflect several independently unfolding and overlapping dynamics. National policy makers in developed countries are concerned about implications of global sourcing for employment and national competitive advantage. Developing countries see global sourcing as opening new opportunities to stimulate economic development beyond attracting low wage manufacturing activities. Leading edge global sourcing companies sense promise of transforming their organizations and organizing their processes on a global basis. Academic scholars are attracted by opportunity to observe emergence of new organizational forms and the potential to test and inform long held theories of international business, competitive advantage of nations, transaction cost economics, managing innovation processes, role of advances in ICT, and industry evolution.
The Offshoring Research Network is a unique longitudinal international research program investigating the offshoring phenomenon with overall goal to both inform management practice and advance conceptual and empirical understanding of this rapidly unfolding space, by uniquely combining large scale fine grained survey data on offshoring companies, in-depth qualitative research on selected company cases, and surveying service providers in host countries. The panel will address findings and implications from ORN project along three main themes. Professor Joan-Enric Ricart addresses relationship between outsourcing and employment. Professor Torben Pedersen compares EU and US companies outsourcing

All Sessions in Track G...

Sun: 10:00 – 11:30
Session 270: Globalizing the Young Venture: A Conversation with Four High Tech CEOs
Sun: 13:00 – 14:30
Session 271: The Duke Offshoring Research Network Project: Implications for Research and Practice
Sun: 15:00 – 16:30
Session 272: Location, Knowledge, and Competitive Dynamics: New Research Directions
Sun: 16:30 – 17:30
Session 311: Global Strategy, IG Meeting
Mon: 12:45 – 14:00
Session 138: Doing Business in China
Mon: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 139: Offshoring & Outsourcing
Mon: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 142: Liability of Foreignness
Tue: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 140: Global Diversification and Firm Performance
Tue: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 145: Institutions and Governance in an Uncertain World
Tue: 14:30 – 15:45
Session 141: Entry Strategy & Location Choice
Session 143: Managing MNC Subsidiaries: Innovation, Control and Subsidiary Initiatives
Wed: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 146: Global Knowledge Search
Wed: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 147: Internationalizing the Firm: Institutions, Emerging Markets and Performance Considerations

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