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IB96G - Global Sourcing and Cloud Technologies

  • Module code: IB96G
  • Module name: Global Sourcing and Cloud Technologies
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

" The module will offer a broad perspective of various issues relating to the outsourcing and offshoring of strategic IT and business services in a global context. In this regard the key objectives of this module are (i) to assess the role that outsourcing plays in shaping business and IT strategy in a global context as well as (ii) to understand how business and IT strategy affect global outsourcing and offshoring arrangements. The module will examine both sides of the equation: client and supplier. From a client viewpoint we will discuss various decisions and strategies relating to outsourcing and offshoring (e.g. which activities and systems to outsource and which to retain in house? which country to select? how to select a supplier? what capabilities to develop in house to successfully manage the outsourcing relationship? From a supplier viewpoint, we will examine strategies to leverage knowledge from individual relationships (projects) and develop them into organisational capabilities necessary to innovate and move up the value chain. Furthermore, we will focus on the core capabilities that suppliers need to develop and how clients can be made aware of “good” suppliers. We will review and challenge best practices and methodologies in outsourcing of IT and business services using examples from most recent research. Furthermore, we will discuss changes and future trends in the outsourcing marketplace reflecting on (i) recent events and economic trends in wealthy, emerging and developing nations and (ii) threats and benefits for clients and vendors.At the end of the module students should be able to make strategic decisions related to outsourcing and offshoring and effectively steer third parties."

Principal learning outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: Achieve an awareness of the role of strategic IT in organisations in a global context; Appreciate the role that business and IT strategy play in shaping global sourcing; Understand how global sourcing affect business and IT strategy in a global context; Achieve an awareness of the strategic, economic, political and social issues that global sourcing of strategic IT and business services surfaces from client and supplier perspectives; Understand key capabilities required by clients and suppliers to achieve successful outsourcing relationships.Subject Specific / Professional Skills; Identify what areas of the business a client should outsource/ offshore (and what not to); Understand the transition and planning issues in IT and Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring; Apply key frameworks and methodologies in practice, i.e. decision-making and implementation of outsourcing arrangements in real-life situations. Cognitive skills: Critically analyse and compare the suitability of different types and strategies that can be adopted by clients and suppliers.

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 30 hours. Lectures per week: 6 hours x 5 weeks. Module duration (weeks, if applicable): 5 weeks (5 days x 6 hours).

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB96G-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) Individual Assignment (2500 words) 80%
  Group work (Presentation & Project) 20%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • MSc in Information Systems and Management (G5N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Information Systems Management and Innovation (G5N3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Information Systems Management and Innovation (G5N3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation (G5N4) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Finance and Information Technology (N1A7) - Year 1