This paper presents an overview of a national case study exploring the IS/IT outsourcing phenomenon in the public and private sectors of a developing country. Kuwait has been used as an example of a developing country and the data collection for this study was done there. The primary data on IS/IT outsourcing practices, obtained for the first time in Kuwait, were collected by means of survey questionnaires and semi‐structured interviews supported by organisational documentation. Several public and private sector organisations were selected to participate in the investigation. The main findings of the study suggest that there are differences between the two sectors in their motivation and risk factors evaluation behind the adoption of an IS/IT outsourcing business strategy. The findings also provide an insight into how outsourcing practices, as an information system strategy, are motivated and managed in the context of a developing nation.
Khalfan, A. and Gough, T. (2002), "Comparative analysis between the public and private sectors on the IS/IT outsourcing practices in a developing country: a field study", Logistics Information Management, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 212-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/09576050210426760Download as .RIS
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