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.

15th Global Sourcing Workshop (2022)

The 15 Global Sourcing Workshop took place as a pre-ICIS workshop on Saturday, Dec 10th, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m at the IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S. 


Session 1: Studies about Digital Sourcing

Session chair: Julia Kotlarsky

10:45 – 11:15

GSW22-01: IT Sourcing in the Digital Age - Coping with Artificial Intelligence and Microservices.

Authors: Jens Dibbern and Thomas Huber

Discussant: Julia Kotlarsky

11:15 – 11:45


GSW22-04: Digital Software Operations – A Client-Vendor Approach for Value Co-Creation

Authors: Anna Wiedemann

Discussant:  Janina Seutter

11:45 – 12:15

GSW22-09: Blockchain Sourcing in an Ecosystem

Authors: Simon Perrelet, Jens Dibbern and Thomas Hurni

Discussant:  Ilan Oshri

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch break

13:15 – 13:45

GSW22-10: Understanding Power in Digital Platform Ecosystems

Author: Vincent Heimburg and Manuel Wiesche

Discussant: Pieter Kamminga

Session 2: Studies about Crowdsourcing

Session chair: Jens Dibbern

13:45 – 14:15

GSW22-02: May I have your attention, please? Analyzing the effects of attention screening mechanisms on crowdworking platforms

Author: Florian Laux, Martin Poniatowski and Dennis Kundisch

Discussant: Ram Kumar

14:15 – 14:45

GSW22-07: Understanding crowdsourcing knowledge creation support for social coding

Authors: Orcun Temizken and Ram Kumar

Discussant: Martin Poniatowski

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee break




15:00  – 15:30


GSW22-11: Challenges of IT Professionals as Freelancers on Digital Labor Platforms: A Topic Model Approach

Authors: Lisa Gussek, Alex Grabbe and Manuel Wiesche

Discussant: Florian Laux

15:30 – 16:00

GSW22-03: Judgment or Choice? An Experimental Comparison of Evaluation Approaches for External Crowdvoting

Authors:  Florian Laux and Dennis Kundisch

Discussant: Orcun Temizkan

Session 3:  Studies about Governance

Session chair: Ilan Oshri


16:00 – 16:30

GSW22-06: The effect of Agile and DevOps on Outsourcing and Insourcing: A banking case study

Authors:  Josef Langerman

Discussant: Vincent Heimburg

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break




16:45 – 17:15

GSW22-08: Online Reviews in B2B Markets: A Qualitative Study on the Underlying Motives

Authors: Janina Seutter

Discussant: Lisa Gussek


17:15– 17:45

GSW22-12: Signals foretelling the ending of an IT sourcing strategic partnership

Authors: Pieter Kamminga and Harry Martin

Discussant: Simon Perrelet


17:45 – 18:00

Concluding remarks


14th 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.