Firms that contemplate IT outsourcing have two alternatives: (1) outsource part of their IT activity (i.e., "selective outsourcing") or (2) outsource their entire IT activity (i.e., "total outsourcing"). It has been repeatedly reported tha total IT outsourcing efforts have far lower success rates that selective one. Using primary data collected both in France and Germany, we investigate the reasons why some firms engage in this apparently sub-optimal practice.
BARTHELEMY, J. and GEYER, D. (2004). The Determinants of Total IT Outsourcing: An Empirical Investigation of French and German Firms. Journal of Computer Information Systems, pp. 91-97.