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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: Newell, S. and Whitley, E.A. and Pouloudi, N. and Wareham, J. and Mathiassen, L. (eds.) 17th European Conference on Information Systems. ECIS, pp. 194-205. ISBN 9788861293915.

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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’, from 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.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): offshoring, globalisation, heterarchy, grounded theory, multi-national enterprise, international business
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2013 15:19
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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