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    The emergence of a new form of IS offshore enterprise - The modern heterarchy

    Gannon, Brian and Wilson, David W. (2009) The emergence of a new form of IS offshore enterprise - The modern heterarchy. In: European Conference on Information Systems, 8-10 June 2009, Verona, Italy.

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    This paper describes how IS offshoring organisations are changing in response to increased globalisation of the practice of software development. It posits the emergence of a new form of multinational enterprise (MNE), described in this paper as a ‘modern heterarchy’, which extends the construct of the heterarchy originally developed by Gunnar Hedlund in 1986. The paper draws on theoretical antecedents in the discipline of international business studies, and is supported by empirical data gathered from two extended case studies of offshore IS projects. The research uses grounded theory techniques for the collection and analysis of data, and has particular value for IS practitioners in offshore IS MNEs.


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