SIG AM 2021: Expert Panel and Research Forum
The SIG on Advances in Sourcing Annual Meeting 2021 will take place as a virtual pre-ICIS meeting via Zoom on December 6th, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm CST.
Click here to register (you will receive a Zoom link).
Attendance is free, no AIS membership required.
The meeting will feature three main events:
- An expert panel on "IS sourcing in the digital age" featuring Suzanne Rivard and Martin Wiener.
- General Meeting and elections
- A research forum on "IS sourcing in the digital age" in which participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work with experienced editors and researchers in the field.
Expert panel "IS Sourcing in the Digital Age":
- Suzanne Rivard on Doing IS sourcing research in the digital age: Riding the crest of the waves or diving under them?
Suzanne Rivard is a Professor of Information Technology at HEC Montreal and is the HEC Montreal Endowed Chair in Strategic Management of Information Technology. Dr. Rivard is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the AIS. She received an honoris causa doctorate from Aix-Marseille Université. Her research interests are resistance to information systems implementation, outsourcing of information systems services, software project risk management, and strategic alignment. Suzanne’s work has been published in such journals as Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and others. Suzanne Rivard is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, a member of the Journal of Management Information Systems editorial board, and a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Information and Organization. She was the Senior Editor for the MIS Quarterly Theory and Review Department from 2010 to 2016. She also served as Senior Editor for the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Associate Editor for Information Systems Research and the MIS Quarterly.
- Martin Wiener on IS Sourcing in the Digital Age: Everything Has Changed But Nothing Has Changed
Martin Wiener is a Professor of Information Systems and Business Engineering at TU Dresden, as well as an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) Institute for Research in Sweden. His current research focuses on the control and governance of digital transformation projects, algorithmic management of both gig and traditional workers, and data-driven organizations. His work has been published in top-tier IS journals, including Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly. Martin currently serves as Associate Editor for Business & Information Systems Engineering and Information Systems Journal, as well as on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Information & Management. He also serves as Co-Program Chair for the 2022 European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) in Timișoara, Romania.
Research Forum "IS Sourcing in the Digital Age":
- The research forum discusses papers that aim to improve our understanding of how, why, and under what conditions sourcing can make a positive contribution to the digital transformation of firms.
- Format of the research forum: On the day of the research forum, each author will present their work in a short presentation (5-10 minutes). You will receive feedback on your presentation from experienced editors and sourcing researchers.
- Everybody with an interest in “IS Sourcing in the Digital Age” is invited to attend and participate.
SIG Annual Meeting 2020 and JIT Special Issue Paper Development Workshop
The 2020 SIG Annual Meeting took place as a virtual post-ICIS event. The SIG event started with a keynote by Professor Ilan Oshri about the impact of COVID-19 on the sourcing marketplace. featuring many unexpected facts and figures. After this keynote, we had a paper development workshop run by the guest editors of the JIT special issue on “emerging technologies and IS sourcing”: Julia Kotlarsky, Ilan Oshri, Oliver Krancher and Rajiv Sabherwal.
The paper development workshop ran in 2 parallel streams, with joint summary session at the end. Authors of extended abstracts presented their work-in-progress and we had time for discussion. The editors as well as the audience provided detailed feedback on each presentation. Topics ranged from traditional questions of governance, over emerging types of platforms to sourcing digital components for autonomous cars. The participants and organizers discussed intensively the newest developments in sourcing, how they influenced each paper, and how the papers might be opened for the audience. Therefore we believe that the workshop was beneficial not only for those who had submitted extended abstracts but for a much wider audience working on issues related to IS sourcing. Find the complete program of the annual meeting here.
Find the complete program of the annual meeting here. Find the invitation to the annual meeting and the workshop here. The call for papers of the JIT special issue can be found here.
Recap Annual Meeting 2019 - From the Editors: When IS sourcing research meets practice
During ICIS 2019 we had our annual event bringing together IS scholars, teachers, and practitioners who share interests in sourcing-related topics. Peter Schumacher (President, CEO, and Founder - Value Leadership Group; find Peter's bio here) gave an overview about recent technology trends and how these trends have affected sourcing practice around the globe.
This was followed by an editorial panel where highly experienced IS scholars (Rajiv Sabherval, Anand Gopal and Ilan Oshri) shared their experience in managing sourcing-related papers and their personal takes on the future of sourcing-related papers in our fields’ top journals. All were in agreement that sourcing will remain a relevant topic area in IS. It was also noted that while classic topics related to outsourcing and offshoring remain important, sourcing researchers have already years ago started to branch out into exciting new topics. For example, sourcing researchers were among the first to investigate crowdsourcing, the sourcing to more or less intelligent robots, and how to manage highly-skilled outside IT professionals (an everyday managerial challenge for incumbent companies undergoing digital transformations).
Finally, Oliver Krancher gave an in-depth reconstruction of the publication journey of his recent JMIS paper “An Information Processing View on Joint Vendor Performance in Multi-Sourcing: The Role of the guardian Vendor”. He showed the major issues identified by the reviewers and how they were able to successfully address and respond to them.
We thank all the speakers and panelists for their great and informative contributions and look forward to seeing them and you soon again at other SIG Sourcing events.
2019 - From the Editors: When IS sourcing research meets practice
The SIG on Advances in Sourcing will hold a pre-ICIS workshop on December 15th, 2019, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in Room 4a/4b of the International Congress Center Munich.
Featuring: Keynote be Peter Schumacher (President, CEO, and Founder - Value Leadership Group) and our distinguished editorial panelists Professor Rajiv Sabherwal, Professor Anand Gopal and Professor Ilan Oshri, and early career IS researcher Professor Oliver Krancher.
This short workshop aims to bring together junior and senior IS scholars who share interests in studying sourcing-related topics.
We will start from a keynote by Peter Schumacher (President, CEO, and Founder - Value Leadership Group) about most recent technology trends and how these transformations have affected the IS sourcing practice. This will be followed by an editorial panel of seasoned and highly experienced editors, namely Rajiv Sabherwal, Anand Gopal, and Ilan Oshri, who will share their editorial experience in managing sourcing-related papers submitted to the top IS journals. This editorial panel discussion will be guided by the questions of the workshop participants.
We will also have the opportunity to learn about the journey of one of the most recent sourcing papers published in an FT50 outlet (JMIS) by a junior IS scholar - Professor Oliver Krancher. Finally, this event will provide a networking opportunity for junior and senior scholars, and for those who share not only research but also teaching interests on sourcing-related topics.
Keynote speaker: Peter Schumacher
President, CEO, and Founder - Value Leadership Group
Detailed bio (PDF)
Keynote speaker’s bio:
From the USA, Peter Schumacher is a global entrepreneur and trusted advisor to decision-makers around the world. Peter’s work addresses strategic and operational issues in the areas of global delivery models, growth, corporate strategy, operational excellence, organizational transformation, alliances, and business model innovation. Peter has more than 10 years of experience with global delivery models. His previous experience includes building an innovative global logistics business in Japan, cross-border M&A, international alliances, turnaround management, and working with professors from the Harvard Business School and Darden to accelerate the growth of a top management consultancy focused on brand-driven growth strategies. He is on the global editorial board of the Indian Management Review, the leading management journal in India. His research has been published, he has contributed to books, he is a frequent speaker and he is quoted in the international business press. Peter holds an MBA in finance and strategy from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Business Magna Cum Laude.
2018 - Launch event of the SIG Sourcing at ICIS
On December 13th, 2018, we celebrated our first annual meeting at ICIS 2018 in San Francisco. Julia Kotlarsky, the founding president of the SIG Sourcing, was happy to welcome a room full of interested scholars who looked forward to attending an enjoyable and insightful launch event.
Julia introduced the founding team of the SIG and gave an overview of the resources and services the SIG wants to provide to the community. In particular, we want to help connect interested scholars and practitioners in the diverse fields of sourcing. On the SIG website, we share resources such as relevant literature and announcements of events for practitioners and academics. Our quarterly newsletter provides concise updates and the latest news about the community.
The launch event featured two outstanding and highly decorated scholars as keynote speakers, who shared their perspectives on the development of sourcing as a research field with the audience.
First, Rudy Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Louisiana State University, provided a witty overview of the history of sourcing. From early sparks of research interest in sourcing over the first big outsourcing deals, the formation of sourcing-focused research groups, conferences, and workshops to the eventual foundation of the SIG Sourcing, Rudy guided us through the decades with incredible but true anecdotes, hilarious references, and the who-is-who in sourcing.
Find Rudy’s slides HERE to have a look at his Timeline of Outsourcing.
Second, Sirkka Jarvenpaa, James L. Bayless/Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc. Chair in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, shared her perspective on the progress and developments in sourcing research. Sirkka pointed us towards the challenges and research opportunities that grow with higher availability and mobility of data, new technologies including artificial intelligence and blockchain, and changing mindsets of policy makers and different players in platform ecosystems. Her keynote thus helped the attendants reflect where fruitful research avenues may be waiting for them.
Find Sirkka’s slides HERE to have a look at her Four Speculations on the Future of IS Sourcing.
After the keynotes, Ilan Oshri, founding secretary of the SIG, shared the latest insights into important developments in the field of sourcing. Ilan pointed toward the recently published MISQ Research Curation on IS sourcing as an important indicator for the timeliness and relevance of sourcing research. He encouraged the audience to leverage the SIG Sourcing to form connections and research collaborations and to make use of communal resources so that the community can keep this momentum and publish high-class research while maintaining close connections to industry.
Lastly, Ilan was happy to announce that the Global Sourcing Workshop 2019 will take place subsequent to ICIS 2019 in Obergurgl, Austria.
We hope to see you there!