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The Operational Research Conference and Special issue in the Journal of
Business Research (Topic: Outsourcing and Offshoring Decision Making)The
OR58 Conference, one of the most important conferences in Operational
Research, supported by the Operational Research Society, is pleased to
announce that papers in the outsourcing and offshoring stream are invited
to submit
the special issue in the Journal of Business Research (3* ABS), with guest
editors Dr Vijay Pereira (Portsmouth Business School), Surender Munjal
(Leeds University Business School) and Prof Alessio Ishizaka (Portsmouth
Business School). The conference
be taking place in PBS, 6 - 8 September 2016. The Keynote / Extended
Abstract Handbook will be indexed with an ISB Number. The contents of the
keynote book will be sent to Elsevier and will be indexed in Scopus.

*Deadline for submission is the 31 May 2016. *Stream Definition

Globalisation and economic liberalisation has prompted international
business to encompass greater economic cross-border transfers that include
partial and final goods and services, the exchange of knowledge and people,
and various intermediate activities in the larger value chain. These
exchanges are outcomes of the disaggregation, relocation, and reintegration
of activities and business processes across borders. The global information
technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has created
a new paradigm for organising global talent engaged in designing and
delivering IT and BPO services. However, outsourcing and offshoring
[decisions on how each business process should be allocated geographically
(‘offshoring’) and organizationally (‘outsourcing’)], both require decision
making by companies who wish to outsource. For example the choice of
locations; what ‘core’ segments of the value chain are to be retained
in-house; what could be optimally dispersed geographically, to allies and
contractors; should these decisions be tactical, strategic and
transformational etc. Thus, this stream/track of OR will look at papers
that address five important decision making questions that need to be
addressed which are- *why* firms choose to ‘buy’ instead of ‘make’; *what* to
outsource; *where* to outsource; *how* outsourcing is undertaken; and
lastly a fifth area, that of *when* to outsource.

-Dr Vijay Pereira
*Scopus Author ID: 37108422900, ORCID iD:
Senior Lecturer (International and Strategic HRM), Organisation Studies and
HRM group, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, UK

Editor- Special issue "Outsourcing and Offshoring Decision Making and its
Implications for the firm" in *Journal of Business Research* (ABS3*, ABDC

Co-author (forthcoming) '*Indian Culture and Work Organisations in
Transition' *

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