Welcome to the official page of the Special Interest Group on Advances in Sourcing (SIG Sourcing) of the Association of Information Systems. This site provides networking opportunity to the members of the special interest group, a way of keeping in touch between meetings, and information to keep you current with the latest developments.

SIG Sourcing was formed in 2018 in response to the growing interest in the IS research community on various aspects associated with sourcing of IT, software development, business processes, software services, ideas and/or data in digital global economy.

Research interests that fit under the broad umbrella of Advances in Sourcing include aspects directly relating to sourcing decisions, organizing and governing sourcing relationships, traditional and online sourcing models, digital sourcing platforms and sourcing outcomes/performance for various sourcing arrangements; viewed from different perspectives (e.g., client and/or supplier firm, crowdsourcing platform and/or individual actors), and studied with different levels of analysis and using different methods.

To capture the dynamics of the sourcing phenomenon, this SIG aims to promote emerging issues and topics of this rapidly evolving phenomenon, which is reflected in the title as “Advances”.

Overall, SIG Sourcing seeks to contribute to the development and refinement of the members' knowledge on sourcing, and to enhance the quality and acceptability of sourcing research in the IS discipline. We seek to achieve the above objectives through seminars, conferences, and on-line resources.

Member Benefits

The SIG Sourcing aims to provide an enabling forum in which IS academics, postgraduate students, and practitioners can:
  • Discover and discuss new and emerging trends associated with and/or having implication for sourcing
  • Exchange ideas with other members related but not limited to new theoretical lenses, research methods, positioning of studies and potential theoretical contributions in this highly practical area of research
  • Foster research collaborations
  • Critically examine new research opportunities, new research ideas, and problems in conducting research on sourcing issues
  • Improve the quality of IS sourcing research by organizing and participating in events (such as pre- or post-ICIS workshops or the annual Global Sourcing Workshop) and developing and consuming sourcing-related resources (such as research curations)


Expert Panel and Research Forum @ SIG AM 2021: Submission opens Oct 1st

The 2021 SIG Annual Meeting will take place as a virtual pre-ICIS event (date tba) and will feature an expert panel as well as a research forum on IS sourcing in the digital age. The expert panel will feature Suzanne Rivard and Martin Wiener as renowned experts in this domain. The research forum will give authors the opportunity to present their research and gain feedback from experienced editors and sourcing researchers. Submission opens on Oct 1st, find details on submissions and the program here.

Program announced: SIG Annual Meeting and JIT Special Issue Workshop

The 2020 SIG Annual Meeting will take place as a virtual post-ICIS event on December 16th between 1pm and 5pm (NY time). The meeting includes interesting talks as well as the JIT Special Issue Paper Development Workshop. You can register to this SIG event via ICIS registration page (registration for the SIG Advances in Sourcing event is free). The time of the workshop has been chosen to accommodate participants from the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Find details and the complete program here on the SIG AM page.

JIT Special Issue on Sourcing CfP

Key members of the SIG Sourcing will serve as special issue guest editors for a sourcing-related special issue in the Journal of Information Technology. Details of this call can be found here. Please note: September 30, 2020 is the deadline to submit extended abstracts for the optional JIT Special Issue Workshop run by SIG Sourcing as pre- or post-ICIS event. The workshop will provide feedback and facilitate paper development. It will take place online to accommodate authors who are not able to travel to ICIS.

Talk: Impact of COVID19 on Sourcing

Ilan Oshri (University of Auckland) has given a webinar on the “Impact of COVID-19 on the IT Outsourcing Industry.” In his webinar Ilan outlines negative and positive impacts of COVID-19 on IS and business process outsourcing, presents the results of a recent survey, and reflects on whether COVID-19 has changed and will change the fundamentals of IS outsourcing. Watch the video here or download the slides here.

SIG Sourcing named Outstanding Community

The Association for Information Systems has named SIG Sourcing as an outstanding Special Interest Group for the year 2019. This honorable recognition serves as motivation for groups to maintain excellent programs, operations, and services that support a successful AIS Community. SIG Sourcing as an example has hosted multiple events bringing together IS scholars, teachers, and practitioners contributing to this recognition.

Winter 2019

The SIG on Advances in Sourcing held two fantastic events during winter 2019. At ICIS 2019, we held our annual SIG meeting in Munich. Find a short summary on our SIG annual meeting page. Later in December, many members of the SIG attended the Global Sourcing Workshop in Obergurgl, Austria. Find a summary here.