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10 things to think about when you are offshore outsourcing IT

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on January 14, 2016 – 4:37 PM

** This blog entry is first published on LinkedIN Pulse on January 14th 2016.  Offshore outsourcing (i.e. moving work to another legal entity in another part of the world) of IT-services is by no means a trivial task. All too often we see companies fail in reaching their goals and delivering the value and/or cost savings that they set out to achieve when they started on ‘project outsourcing’. Many companies are blinded by what appears to be huge savings in labor arbitrage. There is indeed a good business case in offshore outsourcing of IT-activities, but it requires mature planning and execution. […]

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PhD Dissertation now Available

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on April 3, 2015 – 3:06 PM

On 2nd of March I defended my PhD dissertation and I can now call myself Doctor of Philosophy :). The PhD dissertation is entitled: “Trustworthiness: Enabling Global Collaboration – An Ethnographic Study of Trust, Distance, Control, Culture and Boundary Spanning within Offshore Outsourcing of IT Services”

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Making Distributed Teams Work: Imitation, Trust, and Control

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on April 3, 2015 – 2:33 PM

My article below has recently been published in an eBook on the topic of ‘How to Manage People in Your Remote Team’ in a series of eBooks called ‘The Art of Managing Remote Teams’. The full book is available at Amazon.com. *** Making Distributed Teams Work: Imitation, Trust, and Control

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Lesson 101: Understanding the Brites

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on September 5, 2012 – 1:09 AM

I got an email with the picture below. OK. It’s supposed to be funny. And it is. But at the same time it actually illustrates the difficulties of communication very well. Especially for Danes who typically are (much like Americans – and my guess is that the list is made by an American) very direct in their communication it is very difficult to communicate with e.g. Indians who has a more indirect way of communicating. This difference between direct and indirect communication is what the antropologist Edward T. Hall calls low-context communication and high-context communication in his 1976 classic ‘Beyond […]

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Conference on Global Software Development in Copenhagen

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on September 2, 2012 – 3:21 PM

On September 10th 2012 the ‘Next Generation Global Software Development’ project financed by the Danish Reserach Council hosts a conference on Global Software Development at the IT University of Copenhagen. Participation is free of charge, registration is required. The  conference is focused on the challenges and opportunities in global software development. The GSD conference is aimed for practitioners who are curious about the current state of the art within globally distributed software development both from a scientific and an industrial perspective. 

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Blog Disclaimer

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on September 1, 2012 – 10:56 AM

The blog post made available to you on sourcewise.biz draws on both years experiences from practice work within offshoring as well as scholarly knowledge from the fields of offshoring, culture theory, trust theory and much more. The blog aims at providing valuable insights to outsourcing practitioners based on a solid foundation of both practice and theory. However, the blog is not an academic discussion; does not follow academic standards with regards to citing; and is not to be thought of as an academic contribution. Academic contributions are to be found on the  ‘Publications’ page. The blog is open to all – […]

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