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    Offshore is organisations as MNES: the relevance of international business theory to offshoring multinationals

    Gannon, Brian (2007) Offshore is organisations as MNES: the relevance of international business theory to offshoring multinationals. In: UK Academy of Information Systems Conference 2007, May 2007, Manchester, UK.

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    The rapid development of the IS offshore industry has resulted in the creation of new forms of multinational enterprises (MNEs). These have emerged and matured over the past decade, and are relatively under-researched. In contrast, globalisation and international business have long been the focus of research, although there is little research on MNEs in the IS offshore industry. This paper assesses how elements of existing MNE theory fit offshore IS multinationals. It takes three constructs associated with the MNE theory – internalisation, differentiated networks and knowledge transfer - and applies these to the IS offshore industry. The rationale for this analysis is that understanding differences between ‘traditional’ and offshore MNEs will provide insight on strategy, management, structure and operation of these new organisations. The research concludes that offshore MNEs differ in some ways from more widely studied multinationals. Thus, while some aspects of MNE theory fit the new IS offshore MNEs well, others do not. Further research in this area could provide greater insight on emerging forms of organisation in this relatively new industry, and on their behaviour, operation and performance.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Brian Gannon
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2018 11:35
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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