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Title: Offshoring attitudes and their consequences for relationships in transnational teams. Reflections from a field study of German information technology developers
Authors: Zimmermann, Angelika
Keywords: Offshoring
Transnational teams
IT
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Academy of Management
Citation: ZIMMERMANN, A., 2011. Offshoring attitudes and their consequences for relationships in transnational teams. Reflections from a field study of German information technology developers. IN: Proceedings of the Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 12 - 16 August.
Abstract: With reference to the literature on offshoring and on transnational teams (TNTs), we present a qualitative study of 30 German IT developers’ attitudes towards the transfer of tasks to an Indian subsidiary. Respondents reported contrasting attitudes concerning offshoring consequences for the organization, TNT performance, as well as German employees’ workload, tasks, jobs, and intercultural learning. These offshoring attitudes affected some Germans’ relational behaviors towards their Indian colleagues, in terms of forming subgroups, pinpointing mistakes, communicating, transferring knowledge, and avoiding task transfer. The findings are interpreted from a configurational perspective, leading to recommendations for managers and suggestions for future research.
Description: This paper was submitted for publication in the Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings 2011.
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65870654
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9869
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65870654
ISSN: 21516561.
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