Cloud Sourcing – Next Generation Outsourcing?

Mirella Muhic, Björn Johansson

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Although Cloud Sourcing has been around for some time it could be questioned what actually is known about it. This paper presents a literature review on the specific question if Cloud Sourcing could be seen as the next generation of outsourcing. The reason for doing this is that from an initial sourcing study we found that the sourcing decisions seems to go in the direction of outsourcing as a service which could be described as Cloud Sourcing. Whereas some are convinced that Cloud Sourcing reduces cost and complexity in advantage for increased labor productivity, others maintain that the negotiation with the cloud provider is crucial to ensure data privacy, security regulations, compliance, standards, tolerance for risk, governance and service level agreements. The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether the debate on Cloud Sourcing in the top IS conferences and AIS basket of 8 journals goes in the direction of Cloud Sourcing being the future of sourcing as practice predicts, and to identify the space for the development of this research. An introductory literature review showed that there is not much written about Cloud Sourcing as an alternative for outsourcing albeit it seems to have a great potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-561
JournalProcedia Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Systems, Social aspects

Free keywords

  • Cloud Sourcing
  • Outsourcing
  • Literature Review
  • Evolution.


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