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Journal of Information Technology

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 209–219 | Cite as

Theoretical perspectives on the outsourcing of information systems

  • Myun J Cheon
  • Varun Grover
  • James T C Teng
Paper

Abstract

Critics have argued that the field of information systems (IS) lacks a coherent theoretical framework. This paper attempts to further the theoretical development of a critical and pervasive contemporary phenomenon, outsourcing of IS functions, by synthesizing four theoretical models (resource-based theory, resource-dependence theory, transaction cost theory and agency theory) that are useful for understanding determinants of a firm's outsourcing strategy. From these theoretical models, a contingency model of outsourcing is developed which can be used to direct empirical research.

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© Association for Information Technology Trust 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business Administration, University of UlsanUlsanKorea
  2. 2.Management Science DepartmentCollege of Business Administration, University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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