Title: A quantitative model for understanding multiple vendor IT outsourcing

Authors: Jayavel Sounderpandian, Jaydeep Balakrishnan, Chun-Hung Cheng, Wai-Chi Wong

Addresses: Department of Business, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI 53141, USA. ' Operations Management Area, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N1N4, Canada. ' Department of Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong. ' Top Ease Ltd., 15/F, China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Road, Hong Kong

Abstract: In this research, we analyse information technology (IT) outsourcing decisions involving multiple vendors and apply modelling techniques to systematically evaluate such outsourcing decisions. We take costs of in-house production, outsourcing, and coordination into consideration simultaneously. Further we also consider the performance of vendors. To make our work more adaptable, we make different assumptions on the interaction of different jobs. For a case considering the interaction of a pair of jobs at a time, a linear model is formulated. An example problem is solved using a practical spreadsheet based optimiser and the managerial use of this model in decision support is emphasised. For a case considering multiple-way interactions among jobs, we formulate a non-linear model. We discuss how to reformulate and solve an equivalent linearised model. An example problem is also presented for illustrative purposes.

Keywords: information technology; IT outsourcing; multiple vendors; vendor selection; quadratic assignment problem; QAP; modelling; outsourcing decisions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2010.035471

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2010 Vol.3 No.4, pp.428 - 450

Published online: 30 Sep 2010 *

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