Launch event of the SIG Sourcing

The official launch of the newly established SIG on Advances in Sourcing took place on December 13th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel at ICIS. The launch event featured two keynote speakers – Professor Rudy Hirschheim and Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa. Please find a short summary of the event HERE. Moreover, we have launched a brief feedback survey regarding the even the future of the SIG Sourcing. Please take 5 minutes to share your thoughts with us: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/THWGNRH.


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)