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How to manage knowledge transfer in IT-outsourcing relationships - Towards a reference model


Voigt, Benjamin; Novak, Jasminko; Schwabe, Gerhard (2007). How to manage knowledge transfer in IT-outsourcing relationships - Towards a reference model. In: 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, Keystone, 9 August 2007 - 12 August 2007.

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Although knowledge transfer has been recognized as one of the critical success factors in outsourcing, there is currently no work systematically reporting on how knowledge transfer is and can be managed in the firms involved in outsourcing relationships. This paper presents results of 12 case-studies analyzing knowledge transfer processes in IT-outsourcing, investigated through 48 structured interviews. The findings identify the main knowledge transfer phases and current practices between outsourcing partners. They are consolidated into a preliminary, empirically-grounded reference model for knowledge transfer in outsourcing. Special attention is given to the analysis of outsourcing-specific knowledge transfer activities and most frequently used knowledge transfer techniques. By analyzing how current practices can be effectively employed or extended to reduce outsourcing-specific knowledge-asymmetries, we provide one of the first contributions to understanding how firms can design, manage and support knowledge transfer as a strategic goal of their outsourcing relationships.

Abstract

Although knowledge transfer has been recognized as one of the critical success factors in outsourcing, there is currently no work systematically reporting on how knowledge transfer is and can be managed in the firms involved in outsourcing relationships. This paper presents results of 12 case-studies analyzing knowledge transfer processes in IT-outsourcing, investigated through 48 structured interviews. The findings identify the main knowledge transfer phases and current practices between outsourcing partners. They are consolidated into a preliminary, empirically-grounded reference model for knowledge transfer in outsourcing. Special attention is given to the analysis of outsourcing-specific knowledge transfer activities and most frequently used knowledge transfer techniques. By analyzing how current practices can be effectively employed or extended to reduce outsourcing-specific knowledge-asymmetries, we provide one of the first contributions to understanding how firms can design, manage and support knowledge transfer as a strategic goal of their outsourcing relationships.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:12 August 2007
Deposited On:03 Aug 2012 07:17
Last Modified:13 Aug 2017 11:51
Related URLs:http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/amcis/index.html
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2657

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