Through the lens of social capital: a research agenda for studying IT outsourcing

Published on Jun 10, 2014in Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal
· DOI :10.1108/SO-12-2013-0025
Beena George2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of St. Thomas (Texas)),
Rudy Hirschheim58
Estimated H-index: 58
(LSU: Louisiana State University),
Alexander von Stetten7
Estimated H-index: 7
Purpose – This paper proposes a new research agenda for information technology (IT) outsourcing,motivated by the belief that the social capital concept enables IT outsourcing researchers to capture more of the nuances of the client–vendor relationship in IT outsourcing arrangements. Design/methodology/approach – The paper builds a comprehensive framework of social capital based on Nahapiet and Ghoshal (1998) to examine the IT outsourcing life cycle. Past research on IT outsourcing is examined applying the parameters of the framework to identify issues that have been addressed in research on IT outsourcing and to uncover the gaps in past research. Findings – The social capital framework is applied to IT outsourcing which suggests new avenues for future outsourcing research. Research limitations/implications – While past research has identified success factors for IT outsourcing, a significant number of outsourcing arrangement still fail to meet expectations. The research agenda presented in this paper enco...
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