Title page for ETD etd-07052011-095522

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lu, Baozhou
Author's Email Address blu1@lsu.edu
URN etd-07052011-095522
Title Understanding Online Sourcing Decisions From The Service Clients' Perspective: An Integrative Theoretical Framework
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Information Systems & Decision Sciences (Business Administration)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hirschheim, Rudolf a Committee Chair
Pawlowski, Suzanne D Committee Member
Schwarz, Andrew Committee Member
Van Scotter, James R Committee Member
Dismukes, David E Dean's Representative
  • outsourcing decisions
  • theoretical framework
  • online sourcing platform
  • outsourcing
  • online sourcing
Date of Defense 2011-05-19
Availability unrestricted
In this study we empirically examine a new global phenomenon - online sourcing – with a quantitative research method. Online sourcing is the newest development in outsourcing recently that uses Internet as the primary sourcing platform to approach the global sourcing of services. We believe that the emergence of online sourcing will fundamentally change the way work is done. Thus, gaining a deep understanding of the adoption of online sourcing becomes particularly important. Drawing upon theories of firms including transaction cost theory, we propose an integrative theoretical framework for the understanding of online sourcing decisions from the service clients’ perspective. The research model is examined with the data collected from an online sourcing platform. Our findings suggest the integrative theoretical framework rather than single perspective in understanding online sourcing decisions. Moreover, the study discloses how outsourcing decision attributes grounded in theories are interrelated within an integrative theoretical framework, as well as the relative importance of each theoretical perspective. Finally implications to theory, practice, business and society are discussed.
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