Business-Related Determinants of Offshoring Intensity

Business-Related Determinants of Offshoring Intensity

Shirish C. Srivastava (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Thompson S.H. Teo (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Partha S. Mohapatra (Morgan State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2008010103
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Abstract

Some researchers view information systems (IS) offshoring as extension of onshore IS outsourcing. However, others have the opinion that IS offshoring has its unique characteristics because of which, we cannot extend research made in onshore IS outsourcing without testing its applicability to the offshore context. This tension motivates our research to examine whether determinants of IS offshoring are indeed the same as determinants of onshore IS outsourcing? We examine the role of some firm level determinants of offshoring intensity. The four business related determinants that we analyze in this study are: business size, business cost, business financial leverage, and business performance. Results indicate a significant relationship between business size and offshoring intensity, and also between business financial leverage and offshoring intensity. Based on the results, we analyze similarities and differences between traditional onshore IS outsourcing and IS offshoring. Implications and contributions arising out of this study are also discussed.

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