Risk Factors in IT Outsourcing and the Theories Decision Makers Use to Resolve Them
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT (IJSODIT), ISSN 2155-6334, Vol. 3, no 2, 41-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper the Risk Factors (RFs) in IT Outsourcing (ITO) theories from a service buyer perspective are explored. A comparative study about how Transaction Cost Theory (TCT), Core Competency Theory (CCT) and Agency Theory (AT) cover the RFs has been performed. A framework describing, how the theories cover the RFs has been developed and tested using a case study research methodology. The interviews with companies for testing the framework have been used to get an indication about which ITO theories the decision makers are using in their ITO. This study shows that TCT fully covers all RFs, AT covers almost all and CCT has the lowest coverage. The theories, which are used by the ITO decision makers, could only partially be answered. Risk handling could not be entirely mapped to the theories. Risk and risk mitigation were the main concerns for some of the interviewees, CCT for some others. This study recommends using both TCT and CCT for a successful ITO.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 3, no 2, 41-54 p.
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95626DOI: 10.4018/ijsodit.2013040103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-95626DiVA: diva2:660933