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A Systematic Literature Review on IT Outsourcing Decision and Future Research Directions

A Systematic Literature Review on IT Outsourcing Decision and Future Research Directions
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Author(s): Payam Hanafizadeh (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden) and Ahad Zareravasan (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Pages: 42
Source title: Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Zuopeng (Justin) Zhang (University of North Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/JGIM.2020040108

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Abstract

During the recent decades, some academic research on the subject of information technology outsourcing (ITO) decision has appeared in different outlets, which may impede the use of such resources and as a result, repetition of research by various researchers is very likely. The purpose of this paper is then to conduct a systematic literature review (SLR) pertaining to research on ITO decision. Then, this review intends to 1) classify ITO decision literature, 2) provide a list of factors affecting ITO decision, and 3) identify ITO strategies. To this end, 91 ITO articles published between 2000 and 2018 in 51 unique journals were reviewed. The results yielded three kinds of descriptive, relational, and comparative ITO decision studies. The determinants of ITO decisions are classified into technological, organizational, environmental and user adoption factors. Furthermore, the trend of studied ITO strategies in the reviewed literature is analyzed, and future sourcing varietals are proposed. Finally, some insights and future research directions are proposed based on the review results.

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