The changing rationale for governance choices: Early vs. late adopters of global services sourcing
Publication typeFT ranked journal article
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Publication Begin page2303
Publication End page2334
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AbstractThis paper studies how the logic of firm governance choices varies as a function of the time of adoption of particular sourcing practices. Using data on the diffusion of global business services sourcing as a management practice from early experiments in the 1980s through 2011, we show that the extent to which governance choices are affected by process commoditization, availability of external service capabilities, and past governance choices depends on whether firms are early or late adopters. Findings inform research on governance choice dynamics specifically in highly diverse and evolving firm populations.