Relationship Management at the Operationel Level in Outsourcing

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    Research suggests that achievement of a successful outsourcing relationship requires a tremendous amount of detailed management. In this paper we draw on relationship theory to understand the management practices of a particular outsourcing setup. An empirical study of a Danish company operating an off¬shore development centre with 400 employees located in India identified a host of practices that form a seemingly complex and ambiguous picture. To make sense of the studied practice we develop a framework that consists of four relationship management strategies coined select-a-friend, develop-a-friend, control-a-person, and control-of-output. We provide illustrative examples of each strategy; reflect upon the alignment between the type of outsourcing setup and the identified portfolio of practices; and outline theoretical and practi¬cal implications. Key findings are that all four strategies are used, play an important role and that continuous improvement of the portfolio of relationship management practices is paramount to ensure effectiveness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Book seriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
    VolumeLNBIP 60
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventFirst Scandinavian Conference of Information Systems - Rebild, Denmark
    Duration: 20 Aug 201022 Aug 2010
    Conference number: 1


    ConferenceFirst Scandinavian Conference of Information Systems

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