Global Sourcing Workshop

The Global Sourcing Workshop

This annual Workshop, founded in 2007, aims to explore how new and emerging forms of outsourcing and offshoring challenge sourcing practices and theories, and consequently identify new directions for research and practice. The workshop aims to bring together viewpoints from various disciplines, including Information Systems, International Business, Strategy, Operation Management and Organisational Behaviour on global sourcing of IT, Business and Knowledge Services and Innovation.

The website of the Global Sourcing Workshop can be found here.

15th Global Sourcing Workshop

The next global sourcing workshop will take place during summer 2021. We will keep you posted and notify you once more detailed information become available.

Global Sourcing Workshop 2019

Many members of the SIG Sourcing went straight on from ICIS in Munich to the 14th Global Sourcing Workshop in Obergurgl, Austria. Three days ensued with a mix of serious work, developing publishable papers, listening and debating, but also socializing and skiing.

Hosted by Julia Kotlarsky, Leslie Willcocks, and Ilan Oshri, more than 20 members and friends of the SIG sourcing presented research papers and teaching cases on diverse topics, including sourcing models, governance, innovation, and knowledge issues. Friendly and critical discussions helped the authors to move their projects and papers forward.

Three former and current editors-in-chief of journals in the IS senior scholars’ basket held an intriguing panel discussion about publishing sourcing papers. Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Michael Myers, and Leslie Willcocks discussed current and future research topics, obligations of sourcing scholars, and avenues for the SIG sourcing. They unanimously emphasized that sourcing refers not only to a bounded stream of literature but also to a community of interrelated scholars of all ages. Many of the traditional conversations in the sourcing literature carry on in other areas, e.g. in literature streams on ecosystems and open innovation, although the panel found that some of the discussions have not sufficiently been picked up. The panelists emphasized that researchers who want to become successful need to network and establish social exchange relationships with colleagues in their field. The SIG sourcing provides a platform for such endeavors. Lastly, the panelists predicted that future developments will lead IS sourcing scholars to include increasingly more technical elements in their work as we enter discussions about data sourcing and automation through robots or artificial intelligence.

Overall, great discussions and ample opportunity for socializing on and off the skiing slopes made the 2019 Global Sourcing Workshop a memorable few days and a great, but productive, break from the rigors of the participants’ workplace.