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Journal articles (2005), Information and Management, pp. 532-542

An Empirical Investigation of IT Outsourcing Versus Quasi-outsourcing in France and Germany

An increasing large number of firms outsource their Information Technology (IT). Firms that contemplate IT outsourcing have two alternatives: (1) contract with a vendor (i.e., outsourcing) or (2) set up their own IT subsidiary (i.e. quasi-outsourcing). This study examines some of the determinants of the outsourcing vs. quasi-outsourcing decision. Using primary data dollected in France and Germany, we show that the outsourcing vs. quasi-outsourcing decision is strongly influenced by both internal (i.e., asset specificity, size and internal organization of IT) and external (i.e., institutional environment determinants).

BARTHELEMY, J. and GEYER, D. (2005). An Empirical Investigation of IT Outsourcing Versus Quasi-outsourcing in France and Germany. Information and Management, pp. 532-542.