Understanding Global Information Technology and Outsourcing Dynamics: A Multi-Lens Model

Understanding Global Information Technology and Outsourcing Dynamics: A Multi-Lens Model

Robert Yoder (Siena College, USA), Vera Eccarius-Kelly (Siena College, USA) and Suvarna Cherukuri (Siena College, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch027
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Abstract

This chapter provides information technology (IT) project leaders, call center management, researchers, and educators with an analytical tool to examine current concerns and anticipate future trends related to globalization and information technology. The authors propose to use a multi-lens analysis as a framework for evaluating outsourcing opportunities. This approach offers a valuable and effective full-circle methodology for assessing technological, political, organizational, economic, legal, educational, and cultural considerations that encourage a fuller understanding of the issues, problems, and opportunities that globalization and technological innovation creates. An understanding of these factors related to outsourcing and other technical collaborative projects can avoid costly miscalculations, reduce misunderstandings, and promote mutually beneficial results. Outsourcing is part of a larger socio-political and cultural process, and extends beyond the narrow parameters of economic and technological considerations. The discussion of the various lenses is supported by relevant material from case studies and qualitative interview data collected by the authors in Germany and India from IT experts, call center managers, and call center agents.

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