GSWGSO_Grid_RHSThe 12th Global Sourcing Workshop

21-24 February 2018

Call For Papers

Following the success of the past Global Sourcing Workshops, we are pleased to release this Call for Papers for the 12th Global Sourcing Workshop which will be held February 21-24, 2018 in La Thuile, Italy. (Download Call as PDF).
The workshop will aim to explore how new and emerging forms of outsourcing and offshoring challenge sourcing practices and theories, and consequently identify new directions for research and practice. This workshop aims to bring together viewpoints from various disciplines, including IB, Strategy, OM, OB and IS on global sourcing of IT, Business and Knowledge Processes and Innovation. We also focus on teaching aspects related to outsourcing and offshoring with fast track for publishing high quality teaching cases in Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases.

Paper Track

We invite research articles, work in progress and ‘focus on practice’ papers that investigate topics relating to global outsourcing and offshoring. In particular, the workshop will endeavour to present the views from client, supplier and advisory viewpoints, from strategic, operational and social perspectives. Some of the specific themes that are of interest in this workshop are:  
  • New and emerging sourcing models including cloud-services, crowdsourcing, Robotics Process Automation & impact sourcing
  • Sourcing decision making
  • Sourcing configurations (multi-sourcing, plural sourcing, etc.)
  • Supplier and client capabilities and competences
  • Contractual and relational governance
  • Captive (in-house) and shared service centres
  • Backsourcing/re-shoring
  • Knowledge-intensive services and innovation in outsourcing/offshoring
  • Cultural and social aspects of sourcing practice
  • Emerging topics and concepts in sourcing
We are interested in papers that are both conceptual and empirically-based.

Teaching Cases Track

We are interested in teaching cases on outsourcing and offshoring which we would consider for publication in Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases (JITTC).
Please note that a small conference venue has been reserved with guaranteed attendance restricted to those having papers accepted for presentation. Participants need to book early to secure reserved accommodation at the conference location or other rooms nearby.
Since 2010 we have been publishing selected papers as book chapters in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (by Springer). It is likely that we will publish another book based on the papers from this Workshop. Furthermore, selected papers will be invited to submit a revised version of their paper to be considered for publication in Journal of Information Technology and high quality teaching cases in  JITTC.

Important Dates

  • September 8th 2017 – Deadline to submit extended abstracts/teaching proposals to the Workshop on Global Sourcing
  • September 22nd 2017 - Notification of accepted extended abstracts/teaching proposals
  • Registration deadline: November 1st 2017 (Registration fees will be £300 (British pounds) per person which include a reception and 2 dinners.)
  • December 8th 2017 – Deadline to submit full papers/teaching case and notes to the Workshop on Global Sourcing
  • February 1st 2018 – Reviews sent to authors
  • February 21-24, 2018 – Workshop on Global Sourcing, La Thuile, Italy
Paper Track: Extended abstracts should be between 600-800 words.
Teaching Track: Proposals for teaching cases should be between 600-800 words and include the teaching case outline and learning objectives. For teaching cases, the submission of full teaching case and teaching notes will be required.
All submissions should be sent in MS Word format to: with 'Abstract submission GSW 2018' as the subject of the e-mail.
For preparation of full papers please follow Guidelines for Authors

Important Links

La Thuile ski resort: Detailed information about the conference hotel and special rates for participants is available on Workshop site:

Workshop Organizers

Ilan Oshri 
Julia Kotlarsky
Leslie P. Willcocks
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