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Risks factors associated with offshore IT outsourcing

Mohammed H.A. Tafti (Business Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Department, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 June 2005



To provide a framework for risk assessment of offshore IT outsourcing.


Based on review of recent literature, this paper has identified major risk categories of offshore IT outsourcing, discussed various risk factors within each category, and provided a general framework for the study of risk factors in this area.


Provides a general framework and a check‐list of the major risk factors related to offshore IT outsourcing.

Research limitations/implications

Suggests further research studies in three specific directions: case‐based studies; country and region risk analysis; and strategic alliance.

Practical implications

Provides a very helpful guideline for practitioners in assessing various risks involved in offshore IT outsourcing.


The paper provides a synthesis and analysis of the viewpoints as reflected in the literature on various dimensions of the risks associated with offshore IT outsourcing.



Tafti, M.H.A. (2005), "Risks factors associated with offshore IT outsourcing", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 105 No. 5, pp. 549-560.



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