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Factors impacting knowledge transfer success in information systems outsourcing

Zahran Al‐Salti (Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Group (ISEing), Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)
Ray Hackney (Information Systems Evaluation and Integration Group (ISEing), Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 27 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the key factors that facilitate or inhibit knowledge transfer success from vendors to clients in information systems (IS) outsourcing.

Design/methodology/approach

The collection of data rested on semi‐structured interviews with IS/IT managers at various levels of the subject organizations and careful documents analysis.

Findings

The findings suggest that knowledge transfer success in IS outsourcing is affected by four sets of factors: knowledge‐related, client‐related, vendor‐related and relationship‐related.

Practical implications

This study may provide some useful insights for IS managers on how to manage knowledge transfer in IS outsourcing projects and better understand the key factors that impact its success.

Research limitations/implications

This study investigated the client's perceptive only which is one side of the knowledge transfer process. A balanced understanding of the research questions (i.e. from both sides: client and vendor) permits a fuller examination and comparison between the perceptions of the two sides of the relationship.

Originality/value

The value and the originality of this study come from the fact that knowledge transfer in IS outsourcing has not been comprehensively explored. Previous research fails to provide a complete understanding of the factors that impact knowledge transfer success as most are focused on the type of knowledge transferred, the client, the vendor or the relationship between the client and the vendor.

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Citation

Al‐Salti, Z. and Hackney, R. (2011), "Factors impacting knowledge transfer success in information systems outsourcing", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 455-468. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410391111166521

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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