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 for 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 will 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.
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.